International Film Festival seeks to promote dialogue

Montclair State University's International Film Festival "seeks to promote dialogue about global systems and diverse cultures by examining the ways in which contemporary international film makers explore issues such as generational conflict, intolerance, or culture clash in their movies," said festival co-director Elizabeth Emery. "The controversies raised by these films will encourage the audience -- students, MSU faculty and staff, and community members -- to consider and debate the implications of the directors' messages. The festival seeks not only to expose participants to different cultures, but to provoke them into discussing them."

The films -- free and open to the public -- will be shown in the auditorium of Calcia Hall on Mondays at 8 p.m, starting October 18 through November 22. All films will be projected in 16 mm format. This semester's festival focuses upon two regions: France and Latin America and has been made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and The Cultural Ministry of France program. It is also sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization of Montclair State University.

Directions, information about the films and program schedule can be found on line at or by calling Emery at (973) 655-4452) or festival co-director Karen Venturella at (973) 655-7153. The full press release is also available.

MSU is located at the intersection of Valley Road and Normal Avenue in Upper Montclair. The campus is one mile south of the junction of routes 3 and 46, 14 miles west of New York City.