NAU International Film Series Spring 2014: Globalization and Migration


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 performances.

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.

ROMÁNTICO follows 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 illegal immigration.

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.” 


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