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Global Film Series opens March 17 with “Wadjda”

BOONE—A series of films from around the world will be shown beginning March 17 at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

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The Global Film Series is a cooperative campus effort to provide a blend of cinema from around the world in various languages representing a variety of cinematic genres. It provides a platform for student groups, faculty and staff to share their international experience, knowledge and extracurricular opportunities through a variety of associated activities.

The first film in the series is “Wadjda” (A Saudi Girl and the Green Bike) Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Theater. The film is co-sponsored by INTAPP and the Language and Culture Community, two on-campus programs that seek to increase international understanding and involvement with other cultures and countries, and Belk Library and Information Commons. The film follows an enterprising 10-year old Saudi girl who enters her school’s Koran recitation competition to raise the funds she needs buy a green bicycle that has captured her interest. In the process, she discovers the limitations placed on women in the name of custom, Islam and family honor.

“New Muslim Cool” will be shown Tuesday, March 25, at 5 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The film is co-sponsored by Muslim Journeys and Belk Library and Information Commons. In it, filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor showcases a Muslim American man who’s a rapper, educator, father, husband and idealist.

“Girl Rising” will be shown Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Theater. The showing is co-sponsored by the student leadership development organization AIESEC and Belk Library and Information Commons. The film promotes girls’ education across the globe. According to the film’s website, “Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.”

The series concludes with “Carandiru” Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in Greenbriar Theater in Plemmons Student Union. It is part of Brazil Week on campus and sponsored by and Belk Library and Information Commons.

According to J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader, the film “weaves the stories of a dozen inmates into a densely textured fabric, capturing the feel of a closed society whose members have lost their freedom yet still maintain a tenuous grip on their humanity.”

For more information, visit http://guides.library.appstate.edu/globalfilmseries or contact Beth Cramer at crameree@appstate.edu.

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