Despite freezing temperatures and frequent snow showers, the 8th Annual International Film Series went off without a hitch and drew record breaking attendance. Spanning the course of four days, participants were transported to a bustling Ecuadorian city, 1940s freedom fighting India, a futuristic Japanese anime city, and a Malawian courtyard, all from the comforts of the Chao Auditorium.
Each film, presented in its native language, gave visual and allegorical representations of the social climate from which its subject matter was pulled. At the conclusion of each film, university representatives Manuel Medina, Prafula Sheth, Kendra Sheehan, and Greg Leichty served as moderators who provided background information on the film and then initiated an interactive discussion with the audience. Approximately 20-30 people were in attendance each night of the event — many making it their mission to view every film, while others opted to pick and choose what to see from the available lineup. One film goer who happened to hear about the series from the LEO Weekly Newspaper had this to say:
He, along with several others, did just that. Many viewers came to each film, stayed long past the initial moderator discussions, and even continued those discussions right up till closing time. The Institute hopes to carry those numbers over into the 9th annual series in 2015.
The Institute has even started taking suggestions for potential films and/or countries to explore at next year’s event. If you have a suggestion, please email: