International Film Series, Spring 2017

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NAU International Film Series
Spring 2017: International Musicals

7 p.m. selected Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) in the Liberal Arts Building (#18), Room 120. The films are free and open to the public. Films are unrated, so viewer discretion is advised. Sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Cultural Studies, English, and Global Languages and Cultures and the College of Arts and Letters.
For more information contact: Michael.Rulon@nau.edu or Rebecca.Gordon@nau.edu
(If you will need special accommodations, please contact Disability Resources: DR@nau.edu, Phone: 928-523-8773 or TTY: 928-523-6906. 
We suggest contacting Disability Resources 48 hours prior to the event as some accommodations may take a reasonable time frame to arrange.)

NAU Parking 2017

The International Film Series has been designated as a free parking event. 

To qualify for the free permit, which must be downloaded for each film, you must be a community member and register with NAU Parking:

  1. Create a Guest Account for designated free parking at nau.edu/guest.
  2. Then contact NAU Parking by calling 928.523.6623 or emailing ask.parking@nau.edu to verify you are not affiliated with NAU.
  3. After completing this one-time registration, you will be able to print a free evening parking permit at home for each film. This permit must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard while parked for the event.

February 1, 2017: Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

Dir. Josef von Sternberg, Germany, 1930, 99 minutes

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February 15, 2017: Afrita Hanem (Little Miss Devil/The Genie Lady)

Dir. Henry Baraket, Egypt, 1949, 97 minutes

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February 22, 2017: I Have Found It

Dir. Rajiv Menon, India (Tamil language), 2000, 151 minutes

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March 1, 2017:  Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Dir. Lee Hirsch, South Africa, 2002, 108 minutes

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March 22, 2017:  Stilyagi/Hipsters

Dir. Valery Todorovsky, Russia, 2006, 120 minutes 

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March 29, 2017:  Desi Boyz

Dir. Rohot Dhawan, India, 2011, 122 minutes

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April 5, 2017:  8 Femmes/8 Women

Dir. François Ozon, France, 2002, 111 minutes

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April 12, 2017:  Landfill Harmonic

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies

Dir. Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley, Paraguay/Norway/Brazil/USA, 2015, 84 minutes

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April 19, 2017:  Violeta Se Fue a Los Cielos/Violeta Went to Heaven

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies

Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile, 2011, 110 minutes

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Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel):  In an effort to steer his students away from its corrupting influence, Professor Rath visits the cabaret, where he falls in love with the headliner, the seductive Lola Lola. Their love affair leads to a downward spiral for both of them. This film, which brought international fame to Marlene Dietrich, was subsequently banned in Nazi Germany.

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Afrita Hanem (Little Miss Devil/The Genie Lady):  Asfour, a poor musician (played by the celebrated Egyptian singer Farid Al Atrache) is in love with his boss' daughter, Aleya (the famous Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal). Asfour finds a genie (also played by Gamal) whose infatuation with Asfour makes her less than helpful in his quest to win Aleya's heart. This classic Egyptian musical is a critique of Western modernity with a touch of slapstick humor.
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I Have Found It:  Filmed in Tamil Nadu, this film is from a different cinematic tradition than the more well-known Bollywood industry. Nonetheless, it features splendid music and a rich plot inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Sowmya, the serious elder sister, falls in love with aspiring film director Manohar, while the passionate younger sister Meenakshy is in love with Srikanth, a businessman and fellow lover of poetry. Meanwhile, the wounded Captain Bala has his heart set on Meenakshy.

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Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony:  This documentary examines the role of music throughout the history of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Through a combination of archival footage, interviews, and musical performances, Lee Hirsch tells the story of South African freedom songs from the 1940s to the 1990s and illustrates the fall of the segregationist system in that country. The title comes from the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power."

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Stilyagi/Hipsters:  In the 1950s, a group of young Muscovites rebel against Soviet conformity through imported music, American nicknames, and flashy black-market fashion. Mels, a 20-year-old committed communist, initially looks down upon their rebellion but is finally seduced by their free-wheeling lifestyle.

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Desi Boyz:  Nick and Jerry, two Indians living in London, lose their jobs due to the economic downturn and become escorts for the company "Desi Boyz." The new jobs, however, are not enough to stop the downward spiral of their personal lives, and the two struggle to regain control of the situations.

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8 Femmes/8 Women:  In an isolated house in the French countryside, the man of the house is found with a knife in his back. The telephone line is cut, and the roads are inaccessible. Who has killed him? His snobbish wife? His invalid mother-in-law? His estranged sister? His neurotic sister-in-law? The faithful housekeeper or the mysterious new maid? One of his two daughters? Amid rich scenery, lively musical numbers, and gorgeous costumes, this murder mystery reveals the treachery of all eight women.

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Landfill Harmonic:  Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Violeta Se Fue a Los Cielos/Violeta Went to Heaven:  This biopic follows the life of Chilean folklorist Violeta Parra, whose life was devoted to the preservation and diffusion of Chilean folk music. Francisca Galiván not only plays the title character, but also performs her music.

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