College of DuPage Annual Global Flicks Film Festival Kicks Off Feb. 6
By Mike McKissack
Global Flicks, a festival of seven award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 6 to March 20, in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn.
The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter.
Now in its 23rd year, Global Flicks is co-sponsored by COD’s Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad program and the McAninch Arts Center.
For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or click here.
“The Wave” (Norway) – Feb. 6
Directed by Roar Uthaug
Although anticipated, no one is prepared when the mountain pass above the Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist and his family are caught in the middle of it and have ten minutes to get to high ground before the tsunami hits. (105 min.)
“Theater of Life” (Italy) – Feb. 13
Directed by Peter Svatek
What if food waste could feed the hungry? Massimo Bottura, one of the world’s greatest chefs, runs a soup kitchen like no other during Milan’s 2015 World’s Fair. This documentary tells the deeply moving story of the soul kitchen, its chefs and the refugees and homeless it fed. (93 min.)
“African Doctor” (France/Congo) – Feb. 20
Directed by Julien Rambaldi
Balancing comedy and social drama, this film is based on the true story of Seyolo Zantoko, a Congolese doctor who uproots his family and moves them to a rural French village. Overcoming the initial culture shock, Dr. Zantoko becomes one of the most respected doctors in the area. (93 min.)
“Woodpeckers” (Dominican Republic) – Feb. 27
Directed by Jose Maria Cabral
Love can spring up in the most unlikely places – prison. Dominican-Haitian Julián begins a jail sentence for petty theft inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside of Santo Domingo and while navigating the corruption and violence he becomes immersed in the system of “woodpecking,” the unique sign language male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary. (120 min.)
“Okja” (Korea) -March 6
Directed by Joon-ho Bongouth
Mija, a young girl caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics, risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a remarkable pig named Okja. (120 min.)
“Bad Genius” (Thailand) - March 13
Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya
Genius high school student Lynn finds her path out of poverty by making money helping others cheat on tests in this epic tale inspired by the real-world cheating epidemic. Travelling to Australia to take advantage of the time zone difference, Lynn is caught up in a cheating scandal of immense proportions while sitting for the STIC (SAT) exam. (130 min.)
“The Insult” (Lebanon) - March 20
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
An argument between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns violent and escalates to a court case. The feud dredges up past issues from Lebanon’s civil war, which threatens to erupt all over again. (112 min.)
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