Intersections Film Festival brings top foreign films to campus

Intersections Film Festival 2011 poster An opening reception for the 2011 Intersections Film Festival at UCCS is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

The opening reception is the precursor for three days of foreign film screenings and discussions by UCCS and nearby university faculty members as well as leading film experts. This year’s festival continues the tradition of free public screenings designed to reach a broad segment of the Front Range community to reinforce the university’s commitment to institutional collaboration, community outreach and the promotion of diversity, according to Carole Woodall, assistant professor, History Department and Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, and IFF executive curator. This year’s festival explores the theme of displacement due to economic need, war, imprisonment, and occupation. The post-screening discussions include a “talk-back”-style format with two or more discussants offering different perspectives. The uniqueness of this discussion in an academic/public forum is a testament to the Intersections Film Festival’s dedication to creating a dynamic context for fostering a discussion of Middle East-related global issues and their relevance at the local level.

IFF 2011 is supported by a generous grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Heuberger Motors, Independent, Elfi von Dassanowsky Foundation, Fine Arts Center, Heart of Jerusalem, Bristol Brewery, Presidential Fund for the Humanities Grant, UCCS Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor’s Offices, GOCA, Matrix Center, and LAS Dean’s Office.

IFF received a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. Go to the IFF website to become an IFF supporter.

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The schedule of events for the 2011 Intersections Film Festival follows:

Oct. 14, Centennial Hall, Room 203

5 p.m., Opening Reception, Gallery of Contemporary Art.

6:15 p.m., Welcome by Carole Woodall, executive curator, Intersections Film Festival.

6:30 p.m., showing of “Amreeka,” (U.S./Canada, 2009) by Cherien Dabis. Raphael Sassower, professor, Philosophy Department, will be one of the post-screening discussants.

Oct. 15, Centennial Hall, Room 203,,

1 p.m., showing of “The Color of Olives,” (Israel, 2006) by Carolina Rivas. Mary Jane Sullivan, instructor, Philosophy Department, and Laurie Chin Sayres, founder,  Labragirl Pictures, will lead a discussion following the film.

3:30 p.m., refreshments

4:30 p.m., showing of “For a Moment, Freedom,” (Austria/France/Turkey, 2009) by Arash T. Riahi. Robert von Dassanowsky, professor, Languages and Cultures and Visual and Performing Arts departments, and Solen Sanli, instructor, Sociology Department, Metropolitan State University will lead a discussion following the film.

Oct. 16, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street

4 p.m., showing of “Pomegranates and Myrrh” (Palestine, 2008) by Najwa Najjar. Livia Alexander, executive director, ArteEast, will lead a discussion following the film.

6 p.m., closing reception.

7:30 p.m., showing of “Bawke,” (Norway, 2005) by Hisham Zaman.

8 p.m., showing of “Winterland,” (Norway, 2007) by Hisham Zaman.

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