International Film Festival set for MSU

The Montclair State International Film Festival will "foster greater understanding of issues that affect people throughout the contemporary world," according to Festival co-organizer Elizabeth Emery, MSU professor of French.

The Festival will run from March 18 to April 22 and will present six of the finest contemporary films.

  • "La Promesse"
  • "Danzon"
  • "Delivered Vacant"
  • "Bhaji on the Beach"
  • "Tui show/Pushing Hands"
  • "Underground"

The films -- free and open to the public -- will be shown in the Dickson Hall Theatre (Room 177 in Brantl Lecture Hall) starting at 4:30 p.m. All films will be projected in 16 mm format. All films will be introduced by a speaker familiar with or from the country depicted in the film.

"This year's theme is culture clash," said co-organizer Karen Venturella, head of Multimedia Resources at the University's Sprague Library. "The Festival will showcase recent movies by directors from around the world. It will focus primarily on films that portray both the clash of different cultures and the effects of such conflict. Such films will expose the audience to difficult issues involving sex, race and religion, problems that affect people throughout the world. The discussions following these films will encourage participants to share their views about different cultures and their ability to adapt to one another."

The Festival is sponsored by Sprague Library and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It was made possible by grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and MSU's Global Education Center.

Information is available by calling Emery at (973) 655-4452 or Venturerlla at (973) 655-7153 and on the Web page: www.montclair.edu/pages/library/festival.htm.

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