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'Border Cafe' closes Northern Lights Film Series for semester

On Nov. 17 in Aleshire Theater at 6:30 p.m., “Border Café,” a 2005 Iranian film, will conclude this semester’s screenings in the Northern Lights Film Series. In a village near Iran's border with Turkey, Reyhan, a young widow chooses to support her two children by re-opening her late husband's restaurant. Reyhan struggles for self-sufficiency in a rigidly traditional environment and is constantly pressured to move into her brother-in-law's home and become his second wife.

With a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council, Minot State University’s Department of Foreign Language rechristened its international film series as the Northern Lights Film Series.

“The grant allows us to screen films in the Global Lens Film Series, which has only rarely made an appearance on university campuses, almost always being hosted at museums and arts centers,” said Scott Sigel, assistant professor of Spanish. “This provocative 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 series’ films, are introduced by a foreign language faculty member. A discussion period follows the films, which are free and open to the public. To learn more about the Northern Lights Film Series, visit For questions, contact Sigel at 858-425 or


Published: 11/03/14

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