August 23, 2002

VSU announces International Film Series

The Center for International Programs at Valdosta State University is sponsoring the International Film Series throughout fall semester at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater. Admission to all movies is free and open to the public.

The series will feature acclaimed directors from around the world. A speaker will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward.

The film series is shown in an effort to foster international and cross-cultural awareness in the Valdosta community. Movies are chosen on the basis of international appeal and critical acclaim. The following movies will be shown:


?The Prisoner of the Mountains,? Aug. 26, is based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy. Two Russian soldiers are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal reveals the human soul of two vastly different cultures. Brenda Dixey is the speaker.

?Indochine,? Sept. 10, is set during the French occupation of Southeast Asia in the 1930s. Catherine Deneuve plays a plantation owner who searches for her adopted Vietnamese daughter, Camille, after the young woman falls in love and becomes a Communist revolutionary. Theresa Thompson is the speaker.

?Seven Samurai,? Sept. 23, is set in medieval Japan. The film centers on a group of poor peasants who enlist the protection of seven samurai to defend their propertyfrom bandits who terrorize the village. Richard Schmertzing is the speaker.

Que he hecho you para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?), Oct. 5, stars Carmen Maura as a housewife and cleaning woman hooked on No-Doz who ends up selling one of her sons to a dentist and killing her husband with a ham bone. Luis Bejarano is the speaker.

?Walkabout,? Nov. 4, is the story of two young children who are stranded in the Australian outback and forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on ?walkabout,? a ritualistic banishment from his tribe. The speaker is Jeffrey Vasseur.

?Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,? Nov. 19, features the tale of two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive. They are led to a nobleman's impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. The speaker is Dennis Bogyo.

For more information, contact the Center for International Programs at 229?333?7410.

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