Fall 2015 Foreign and Independent Film Series


Sponsored by the Office of Student Life


Brookens Auditorium

The Foreign and Independent Film Series is a Student Life-sponsored series that hosts a variety of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films.. Attendance is FREE! If you have suggestions for future films for this series, please e-mail Cynthia Thompson.  

September 25 – Sam Lay in Bluesland (2015), from USA, 89 minutes, Not Rated

He was on drums when Bob Dylan went Electric at Newport. He was on the road and in teh studio with blues greats Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and James Cotton. At the age of 80, he is still and active member of the Chicago blues scene and the man some call the ‘greatest drummer of all time’. Against a backdrop of troubled, even dangerous, times, and the racial turbulence of the 1960s, Sam Lay’s life and career are told through his own words. Due to the high attendance expected at this film, tickets are required to attend. Tickets are free to film series participants. Please call 206-6160 to reserve free tickets.

October 9 – Wadjda (2012), from Saudi Arabia, in Arabic, 98 minutes, Rated PG

Ten year old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. When everything goes against her plans, she sees one last chance in the school’s Koran recitation competition and the large cash prize for first place.  The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, WADJDA is the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams.

November 6 – Cinema Paradiso (1989), from Italy, in Italian, 123 minutes, Rated PG

Young Salvatore Di Vita discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village; the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo instills in him a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl and takes over as the Paradiso’s projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for film making.