The Center for Continuing Education
Midwestern State University
Foreign/Independent Film Series
• Film Series movies always shown on Tuesdays:
• February 18, 2014: Barbara
(2012) presented by Dr. Yvonne Franke
Barbara is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold. The film begins in 1980 with an East German doctor from Berlin (Nina Hoss) who, after an unspecified offense, has been recently banished to the boonies. There, in between hospital rounds and harassment from the secret police, she pushes back against totalitarianism. Rated PG
• March 11, 2014: Desert Flower (2009) presented by Dr. Donnie Kirk
Desert Flower is a German biographical film directed by Sherry Hormann. From the Somali desert to the world’s catwalks. When Waris Dirie’s DESERT FLOWER appeared in 1998, the world was shocked. The former supermodel tells her breathtaking life story, describing her incredible journey from a nomadic life in the deserts of Somalia to the world’s most famous catwalks. This was a dream and a nightmare at the same time. In New York, at the peak of her career, she tells in an interview of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) that she had to suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decides to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual.
• April 15, 2014: The Sweet Hereafter
(1997) presented by Dr. Don Maxwell
The Sweet Hereafter is Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s exquisite adaptation of Russell Banks’ novel of the same name. A picturesque small town in British Columbia, Canada, lies devastated after a school bus accident kills several local children. Ian Holm plays Mitchell Stevens, a big-city lawyer intent on persuading the victims’ parents to file a class action lawsuit which blames the bus manufacturer for the crash. Steven’s machinations cause unrest in the town and expose dark secrets in the already wounded community. This film has won numerous awards and boasts excellent performances from the cast. The Sweet Hereafter has an emotional gravity that resonates long after the credits roll. Rated R
Admission is free • donations are always welcome!
All films are in English or sub-titled
For information contact The Center for Continuing Education at MSU
If you are interested in presenting a film, contact Lorraine Parmer at 397-4307.