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October 17, 2019

Two Film Festivals Feature the Colors of the World on the Silver Screen

by Kurt Gottschalk

All the colors of the world come to life on Adelphi’s silver screen during two separate film festivals: the International Immigration Film Festival in late October, and the Foreign Language Film Festival in early November. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The International Immigration Film Festival takes place from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25, featuring films that focus on different aspects of migratory life.

“The festival contextualizes the experiences and identities of immigrants and includes films from Latin America, the Caribbean, Southwest Asia and East Asia,” said CarolAnn Daniel, PhD, Adelphi’s director of diversity and inclusion. “It will touch on themes of race, identity, ethnicity, sexuality, labor conditions and navigating challenging situations.

“These kinds of events help to give students a broader perspective on the topic, as well as opportunities to engage with other students, faculty and staff on an issue that is important to the campus community,” she added.

Each film will be introduced by a moderator, and for some films, producers and panelists will be present to engage in dialogue around issues that emerge from the topic.

The festival is co-hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Committee for International and Immigration Support, the College of Arts and Sciences, Swirbul Library, Levermore Global Scholars, the Collaboration Project, and the departments of African, Black and Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, History, and Languages, Literatures and Cultures, respectively.

From November 4 through November 8, a half dozen films will be screened as a part of the Foreign Language Film Festival, using the medium as a lens on global problems.

Professor Raysa Amador, PhD, chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, who oversees the Foreign Language Fall Film Festival, said she sees international cinema as portraits of different social and political realities.

“Our primary objective is to promote and disseminate foreign film culture and cinema heritage at Adelphi University, whilst enriching the Adelphi community’s knowledge of traditions and contemporary culture,” she said. “Cinema is a window into the past and present. Film acts as valuable archival material for a country’s historical memory. We’ll explore the connections between films, history, and social problems today like immigration, child labor, survival of native communities and cultural stereotypes.”

Browse the full schedule for the International and Immigration Film Festival and the Foreign Language Film Festival.


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