International Film Festival to Bring Cultural Awareness to Students

By Bearlain Lewis
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas – Monticello’s School of Arts and Humanities and the Modern Language Association present the second annual International Film Festival, Nov. 12-15.

   The goal of the School of Arts and Humanities is to provoke its Modern Language program to encourage cultural awareness in the UAM community and its surrounding areas by presenting an opportunity to experience international films, both past and present.

   Lesly Jean-Francois, assistant professor of French and Latin, said offering different programs and activities will be the best way to attract students. The festival was first offered in 2011, and it was a tremendous success.

   The main objective of the festival is to raise student’s observance in terms of cultural awareness. Jean-Francois said, “Culture is beautiful everywhere,” and he wants to convey this message through the efforts of the Modern Language program and the annual festival.

   With the help of Emmanuel Snyders, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (French), the festival will offer students and guests the opportunity to see award-winning films, meet international scholars, indulge in international cuisine and beverages, participate in a DVD drawing and enjoy performances by UAM vocal soloists performing foreign language pieces and the UAM woodwind quintet performing original compositions by senior Chris Richard. All cuisine will be prepared by les maîtres cuisiniers de UAM (the chefs of UAM).

   The schedule of events includes:

Monday, Nov. 12

4 p.m.   Opening by Jean-Francois

4:15 p.m.  Movie – Fukushima Hula Girl

6 p.m.   Reception with the Consul of Japan

6:35 p.m.   Presentation of the Japanese Program (JET)

7:05 p.m.  Movie – Tohoku Summer Festival: Repose of Souls and Kizuna

Tuesday, Nov. 13

3 p.m.   Movie – Bashu, The Little Stranger, presented by Russ Chace, Arkansas

School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts

5:30 p.m.  Contest to win DVDs

6 p.m.   South African Food

6:30 p.m. Caro Mio Bien, performed by sophomore Mark Sullivan

7:05 p.m. Tu Lo Sai, performed by sophomore Mark Sullivan

7:30 p.m.   Movie – U-Carmen, presented by Richard Corby, University of Arkansas-Monticello

Wednesday, Nov. 14

3 p.m.   Movie – The Intouchables

5 p.m.   Contest to win DVDs

6 p.m.   German food

6:35 p.m. Ich Grolle Nicht, performed by senior D.C. Miles

7 p.m.   Movie – The Wave, presented by Pedro Lopes, Henderson State University

Thursday, Nov. 15

3 p.m.  Movie – Beyond Silence, presented by Jennifer Lefevre, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts

6 p.m. French Food

6:40 p.m. Jai Pleure, performed by senior D.C. Miles

6:45 p.m. Interview of Charlotte Campana, French actress

7:00 p.m. Performance by UAM woodwind quintet

7:15 p.m.  Movie – The Artist, presented by Viewers’ discretion is advised.

   General admission is free for all students, families and friends. All seats will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Movies are shown at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Memorial Classroom Building’s auditorium. The campus will provide free parking to visitors in the Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium’s parking lot.

   Lodging will be provided by:

·     Holiday Inn: 800-315-2621 or 870-460-0100

·     Hampton Inn: 800-992-2694 or 870-367-6600

·     Trotter House Bed and Breakfast: 800-220-4894 or 870-367-0200

Editor’s Note: Japanese Day Schedule updated.–D.C. Miles

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