SU to host first global film festival

Shenandoah’s first-ever Global Film Festival will be held Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 3, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. The festival is presented by the Foreign Language Department in collaboration with the Department of Mass Communication & Women’s Studies.

The past six years, Shenandoah has received a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) to organize the annual Tournees Film Festival, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American universities. Because the school now has to wait four more years to apply for another grant, professors Gina Daddario, Amy Sarch, Andrea Smith and Petra Schweitzer decided to organize their own film festival in which the departments will share the costs.

“The idea is to reach out (next year) to our Winchester community and companies (such as Mercedes Benz or BMW or other companies) and create a soon well-known annual festival in Winchester and surrounding areas,” said Schweitzer.
All films will be shown with English subtitles, and all screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Schweitzer at pschweit@su.edu or 540-545-7380.

The schedule of the film festival is as follows:

Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.  “El Secreto de sus Ojos” (“The Secret in their Eyes”) Argentina 2009, A reception will follow.
Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. – “Nostalgia de la Luz” (“Nostalgia for the Light”), Chile 2010,
Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m. – “Tomboy” (“Tomboy”) France 2011
Sunday, March 3, 11 a.m. – “Saving Face” USA/Pakistan 2012. A discussion will follow.
Sunday, March 3, 7 p.m. – “Le Gamin au Vélo” (“The Child with the Bike”), Belgium/France 2011

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