Globalization and Migration: NAU
International Film Series Spring 2014
~ All films take place at 7 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 120 ~
January 29: A Good Day to Die: Director, David Mueller / Lynn Salt. USA, 2011. 92 min (Read more...)
February 5: Take
Out: Director, Sean Baker & Shih-Ching Tsou. China/USA, 2008. 87 min. (Read more...)
February 19: The
Syrian Bride: Director, Eran
Riklis. Israel, 2004. 97 min (Read more...)
February 26: In Between Days: Director, So Yong Kim. South Korea/USA, 2006. 82 min. (Read more...)
March 5: Whores'
Glory: Director, Michael Glawogger. Austria, Germany, 2011. 109 min. (Read more...)
March 26: Workingman's
Death: Director, Michael Glawogger. Austria, 2005. 122 min. (Read more...)
April 2: Who is Dayani Cristal? Director, Marc Silver. Mexico/USA, 2013. 82 min. (Read more...)
April 16: Romántico: Director, Mark Becker. USA/Mexico 2005. 84
min. (Read more...)
April 23: Code
Unknown: Director, Michael Haneke. France, 2001. 113 min. (Read more...)
April 30: In The
Pit (En El Hoyo): Director, Juan Carlos Rulfo.
Mexico, 2006. 84 min. (Read more...)
A GOOD DAY TO DIE follows the work of Dennis Bank and the
American Indian Movement (AIM) to advocate and protect the rights of American
Indians. AIM sought redress for the forced assimilation of Native Americans
within boarding schools, discrimination by law enforcement and neglect by the
Bureau of Indian Affairs. Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed
confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee. This is the
bittersweet and compelling chronicle of the rise and fall of AIM.
TAKE OUTis an authentic,
suspenseful and funny look at undocumented Chinese immigrants in New York City.
This is a day in the life of Ming Ding, which begins with a pair of
hammer-wielding loan sharks at the door of Ming’s squalid apartment demanding $800
that night or his debt doubles. This may be a challenge since Ming has just one
shift at his job delivering Chinese food on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
THE SYRIAN BRIDE is
shot on location in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights where Mona prepares to
cross the border into Syria for her wedding. Once across she will never be
allowed to return to her Druze village. This powerful film deals
compassionately and humorously with political borders and conflicts and their
toll on human lives.
IN BETWEEN DAYS is an intimate and
honest portrait of coming-of-age as a recent immigrant. Newly arrived in a northern U.S. city from
South Korea, Aimie is disconnected from her single mother and bored at school. Her only and best friend Tran helps her
negotiate her new land and her new feelings.
This feature debut with a non-actor cast delivers subtle and believable
WHORE’S GLORY, an unflinching exposé
of global prostitution, is one of a trilogy of documentaries on globalization
by . This is an audacious and non-judgmental study of sexuality, politics,
human behavior and the effects of capital and religion on both women and men
from starkly different cultures, including Mexico, Thailand and Bangladesh.
WORKINGMAN’S DEATH explores the harsh and
dangerous conditions under which manual laborers are forced to work in the
globalized 21st Century. This
documentary looks at miners in Ukraine, sulfur gathers in Indonesia,
slaughterhouse workers in Nigeria and metal workers in Pakistan and China,
noting that today’s workers are no longer celebrated in popular music.
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? demonstrates how one life becomes
testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. This hybrid of
documentary and participant observation follows the staff of the Pima County
Morgue on a forensic investigation to uncover the identity of a migrant who
died in the “corridor of death” along the Arizona-Mexico border. Then Mexican
actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal joins a group of
migrants to retrace the deceased man’s steps in Central America to experience first-hand
the dangers and learn about the motivations, hopes and fears of the migrants
who undertake, but do not always complete, this journey.
Carmelo from San Francisco's Mission District where he washes cars by day and
plays norteña music in restaurants for tips by night to his home village of
Salvatierra, Mexico where he returns upon his mother’s illness. Carmelo had
been sending money to his family but now must resume the struggle to survive
amidst the grinding poverty of his home region. The urgency and poignancy of
this verité storytelling enlightens more than any statistic or headline about
CODE UNKNOWN brings four separate
lives together on a bustling Paris street corner: Anne, a promising actress,
her photojournalist boyfriend Georges, a young teacher of African descent and
an undocumented immigrant from Romania. Their
divergent stories gradually unfold, showing that these seemingly unrelated
lives have very much in common, including the struggle for love and acceptance
in a society of judgmental stares and blocked access.
IN THE PIT demonstrates
in starkly realistic detail why Mexicans have a proverb warning that the devil
demands a soul for every bridge built.
The ambitious project of constructing the massive elevated beltway around
Mexico City, El Periférico, is a marvel of engineering but it comes with a high
cost for the men who toil on its soaring towers and in its deep tunnels. The
film manages surprising lyricism despite its gritty mise-en-scène,
revealing the exploitive side of “progress.”