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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
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Date Location Film
September 15 Aleshire

My Time Will Come (Ecuador, 2008)

A predawn murder sets in motion a series of interlocking tragedies that eventually find their way to the city morgue’s brooding Dr. Arturo Fernandez.  Physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him, Arturo develops an oddly intimate relationship with the personal lives of his cases, gradually forcing him to confront his connection to the living, and the dead.  Adapted from the novel De que Nada Se Sabe, director Víctor Arrequi’s serpentine tale is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man’s solitude set against a richly textured rendering of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city.

October 27 Aleshire

The Intouchables (France, 2011)

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November 17 Aleshire

Border Cafe (Iran, 2005)

In a village near Iran's border with Turkey, Reyhan, a young woman with two children, faces a difficult choice when her husband dies.Instead of agreeing to marry her brother-in-law, as required by traditional law, she chooses to support her family by re-opening her late husband's restaurant. Kambozia Partovia represents Reyhan's struggle for self-sufficiency in a rigidly traditional environment as all too real, and is continuously pressured to move into her brother-in-law's home and become his second wife.