|Global Visions Film Series begins with "The Secrets" Feb. 2|
The Department of Anthropology's Global Visions Film Series will bring an array of international films to the community of Grand Forks for the seventh consecutive year. Two films will screen per month in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 7 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the semester. The series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to offer award-winning, nationally recognized independent films from a wide variety of contemporary film makers around the world. A variety of UND departments offer the GVFS for extra credit as it provides students with the opportunity to encounter the complexities of human cultures from a perspective that promotes the understanding of global diversity.
Seven films have been selected for screening, beginning with "The Secrets" by Israeli director Avi Nesher at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Nesher's film was nominated for nine awards, including best actress, best art direction, best music, and best supporting actor and actress, and was awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film. "The Secrets plot" is multifaceted and contains multiple layers and questions on the place, position and rights of women within conservative Orthodox Judaism. Indeed, it is far more ambitious in the tale it weaves than most films that deal with such complex topics. "The Secrets" is a truly powerful film that challenges notions of religious authority and hierarchy, and treats this delicate topic respectfully. Absolutely worth seeking out and seeing, and the acting is superb. The movie is not rated.
The series is free and open to the public. Suggested donations of $1 are encouraged. Film-goers are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat.
Other movies will be:
2. "Caramel" (Director (Sukkar banat, Lebanon 2007)
3. "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" (Director - Wayne Wang - Hong Kong 2007)
4. "War Dance" - (Director Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine, USA 2007)
5. "The Stoning of Soraya M" (Director - Cyrus Nowrasteh, Iran 2008)
6. "Local Color" (George Gallo, USA 2006)
7. "American Violet" (Director - Tim Disney, USA 2008)
Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Anthropology Club Student Organization and is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. For further information contact the Anthropology at 777-3008 and visit the Anthropology webpage: http://www.und.edu/dept/anthro/ .
-- Marcia Mikulak, Anthropology