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2013 Chiaroscuro International Film Series

Sunday, January 13, 2013
2:30 PM

UICA, 2 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Humanities, Photography, Film & Video

Chiaroscuro is a free film series coordinated by educators from local universities and members of the community, however, the audience encompasses the entire city. The series aims to promote cultural diversity and awareness through the presentation of international films and round table discussions for the benefit of students and members of the community.

This year's series includes the following films:

1/13/13: EARTH (released and censored in India as 1947: Earth) is a 1998 film directed by Deepa Mehta and based on Bapsi Sidhwas novel Cracking India. Set during the tumultuous partition of India in 1947, Earth follows the story of young Lenny, a wealthy Parsi, as she navigates the increasing political and social instability around her.

1/27/13: MOOLAADE (Magical Protection) is a 2004 film by Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembene. Set in Burkina Faso, the film follows a group of determined and inspiring young women while they fight for their civil and reproductive rights against the violent tradition of female genital mutilation.

2/10/13: THE BLUE KITE is a 1993 drama directed by Tian Zhuangahuang. Told from the perspective of a young boy, The Blue Kite is banned by the Chinese government for its politically contentious treatment of the Anti-Rightist Movement and Cultural Revolution during the 1950s and 60s.

2/24/13: DIE ARCHITEKTEN (The Architects), directed by Peter Kane in 1990 and released by the DEFA East German Production Company, tells the story of a young father defending his creativity and integrity during the oppressive East German regime before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

3/10/13: BEIRUT HOTEL was directed in 2011 by Lebanese filmmaker, Danielle Arbid. Banned from viewing in Lebanon for its politically inflammatory inclusion of the Hariri assassination in the plot, Beirut Hotel tells the dramatic story of Zola, a young and talented Lebanese singer trying to break free from her ex-husbands control, and Mathieu, a French attorney accused of espionage.

The series also provides an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming local filmmakers to present their work, since a short film written and produced by local talent precedes each international film.

For more information, visit http://www.chiaroscurofilmseries.com, or contact Zulema Moret, GVSU associate professor of Spanish and coordinator of Latin American Studies, at 616-331-2286, or moretz@gvsu.edu.