September 17, 2009

WNC Carson City, Marlette Hall-Cedar Building

International Film Series Begins Friday at 7 pm

A scene from Getting Home, which will be featured on Friday, Sept. 18
A scene from "Getting Home," which will be featured on Friday, Sept. 18

Save your Friday nights this fall for a series of thought-provoking international films at Western Nevada College that explore cultures around the world. The series begins at 7 p.m. on September 18 with "Getting Home," which has been called a soulful and humane comedy. Offered by the Global Lens Initiative with partial funding by Nevada Humanities, the film stories are told in their native languages with English subtitles.

Cost is $3, and free to Western students with ID. Showings will be at the Carson City campus, Marlette Hall, in the Cedar Building. The series is part of WNC's "Faces, Voices and Stories" cultural series.

In "Getting Home," Zhao, a middle-aged construction worker, struggles to fulfill a dying co-worker's last wish to be buried in China's Three Gorges region. Setting out with his colleague's body in tow, Zhao travels hundreds of miles across extraordinary countryside, encountering a number of colorful adventures and characters -- and even discovering love in some unlikely quarters. Director Zhang Yang's humorous and moving tale of friendship offers a powerful, and sometimes slapstick, commentary on the value of community and human connectivity in modern China.

The following week's film on September 25, "Song From the Southern Seas," portrays two couples, one Russian and one Kazakh, who live side by side in relative harmony in a beautiful yet semi-desolate region of the Great Steppe. But when the fair-skinned Russians give birth to a boy of decidedly darker skin, 15 years of suspicion and acrimony arises between them, and can only be resolved by an ironic twist of family and fate. The film is at times darkly somber, at other times tender and wistful--and buoyed throughout by a soundtrack of folk-inspired melodies.

Designed to promote cultural awareness, films are part of the Global Film Initiative's "Global Lens 2009" series.

The schedule:
GETTING HOME - Sept. 18
Zhang Yang, China, 2007

SONG FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS - Sept. 25
Marat Sarulu, Kazakhstan, 2008

POSSIBLE LIVES - Oct. 2
Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina, 2006

I AM FROM TITOV VELES - Oct. 9
Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia, 2007

MUTUM (EDU) - Oct. 16
Sandra Kogut, Brazil, 2007

MY TIME WILL COME - Oct. 23
VÝctor Arregui, Ecuador, 2008

THE PHOTOGRAPH - Nov. 6
Nan Triveni Achnas, Indonesia, 2007

THOSE THREE (EDU) - Nov. 13
Naghi Nemati, Iran, 2007

SLEEPWALKING LAND - Nov. 20
Teresa Prata, Mozambique, 2007

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (EDU) - Dec. 4
Faouzi Bensa´di, Morocco, 2006

Press Release: September 14, 2009

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A scene from Song From The Southern Seas, which will be featured on Friday, Sept. 25    
A scene from "Song From The Southern Seas," which will be featured on Friday, Sept. 25    
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