Film Festival Documents Life Abroad

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The Foreign Film and Music Series kicked off Sunday, February 19th, with a film from Senegal, Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love. Youssou N'Dour tells the story of a Senegalese pop musician, Youssou N'Dour, who has collaborated with such legendary artists as Bono and Peter Gabriel.
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The Foreign Film and Music Series is held each spring semester and features an array of films from foreign countries. The films are chosen and shown to audiences in Sprowls Hall's McVitty Auditorium each Sunday night between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The films are shown in their original language accompanied by English subtitles.

Spring 2012's selections include:
  • The Paranoids, a Spanish film following the life of a fictional screenwriter in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was shown on March 4.
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  • Kisses, an Irish film about two troubled teens exploring Dublin, which will be shown on March 18.
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  • Last Train Home, a Chinese film which aims to show the fictional homecoming of migrant workers in the country; this film will premiere on April 1.
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  • Mid-August Lunch, an unusual Italian flick that shows a reclusive man's relationship with his mother; this will be shown April 15.
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  • Terribly Happy, a film about a police officer in Copenhagen, Denmark, who relocates after suffering from a nervous breakdown; the final film in the series, which will be shown on April 29.
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The film festival is organized by the Office of International Education; according to the Foreign Film and Music Series page, the festival has been held regularly for the past fifteen years.

The festival is a great contribution to the campus, as it allows students an opportunity to view films that tend to go unnoticed in America. What makes the event so particularly admirable, however, is that the films show life in other countries from the point of view of those who live and work in those nations. The fact that this event has also been held each year for the past 15 years also happens to be a quite impressive feat: it proves there is an active attempt by IUP itself to integrate foreign culture into the university.

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