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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. There will be a door prize drawing for a gift card to Bean and Bagel on Broadway. Social event precedes film in Aleshire reception area at 6pm.

Featured Presenters This Season Include: President Steve Shirley, Dean Conrad Davidson, Assistant Professor of Spanish Paul D. Cristofaro, MSU student from Armenia Hayk Margaryan




Sep. 21

Hartnett 329

Even the Rain

(Spain/Mexico, 2010)

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Oct. 26



(France/Canada, 2002)

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Nov. 16


Cries & Whispers

(Sweden, 1972)

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