January 5, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University hosts annual International Film
The Center for International Programs and Activities will
try something new this year and condense the annual
International Film Festival into one week. The films this
year were selected by faculty and students.
films will begin at 7 p.m. at the Flohr Lecture Hall at
Clark Memorial Library with ushers in the Rotunda directing
people to seating.
Jan. 11, the German and Turkish film, “The Edge of Heaven”
will be shown hosted by Assistant Professor Tom Piontek. The
film is a study essentially about family fragility and
strength as heightened by the immigrant struggles that both
bond and divide.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Spanish film, “Volver” will be shown
hosted by Professor Julia Coll. Spanish for "coming back, "Volver”
is a return to the all-female format of “All About My
Mother.” Unlike Pedro Almodóvar's previous two pictures, the
story revolves around a group of women in Madrid and his
native La Mancha.
Wednesday, Jan. 13, Assistant Professor Amr Al-Azm will host
the “The Syrian Bride.” The movie's plot looks at the
Arab-Israeli conflict through the story of a family divided
by political borders, and explores how their lives are
fractured by the region's harsh political realities.
Thursday, Jan. 14 “The Road Home,” a Chinese film, will be
hosted by Associate Professor Kejing Liu. “The Road Home” is
the story about a country girl and a young teacher falling
in love during the 1958 Anti-Rightist Movement and the
teacher's death many years later that brings their son back
from the big city for the funeral.
Jan. 15 recent graduate Kenta Sato from Japan will host “Rashomon.”
This film depicts the rape of a woman and the apparent
murder of her husband through the widely differing accounts
of four witnesses, including the rapist and, through a
medium, the dead man.
The films are
free and open to the public. Snacks will be served. For more
information, call CIPA Director Rita Haider at (740)
351-3127 or e-mail email@example.com.