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Northern Lights Film Festival sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council

This film series will be a community event, not simply an extension of the classroom. Attendees will experience other points of view through seeing and discussing movies from many different countries and cultures.  The wider vision of our film series will enhance the understanding in the community at large. Our intent is to have a series that will be promoted statewide, generating positive press for the language department, the university, and the city of Minot.

The film series will be based on feature films from around the world in the Global Lens Series, a well-known annual event at art museums and centers in the US. 

About the Global Lens Series:

In his “A New Beginning” address to the University of Cairo in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama noted that “All of us share this world but for a brief moment in time. The question,” he says “is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground.”

The challenge to find a “common ground,” especially with those whose cultures and traditions are not our own, extends beyond the reach of geography, history, social studies and languages.  It is no easy achievement, but one that only requires that we see the world through the eyes of others, and share in their daily experience. What matters most to people in China, or Africa, or the Middle East? How do they resolve conflicts? How do they deal with suffering and loss? One of the most successful means of ‘seeing the world through the eyes of others’ is through narrative feature film.

The Education Program of The Global Film Initiative presents full-length feature films from around the world, in specially-designed programs that encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of different cultural points of view.

Global Film Initiative
Hartnett Hall parking map [pdf]

All films begin at 6:30 p.m. on the dates listed below. An international buffet at 6 p.m. in the Aleshire foyer will precede the screening. There will be a door prize drawing for a gift card to Thai restaurant Baan Rao.

Date Location Film
February 2 Aleshire

A Useful Life (Uruguay, 2010)

After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved art house cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies.

March 23 Aleshire

The White Ribbon (Germany, 2009)

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April 27 Aleshire

Life is Sweet (England, 1990)

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