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Presents A FREE International Film Series Nov. 14-21
from Iran and China are area premiers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - (Nov.
3, 2003) - Tidewater Community College celebrates International
Education Week with an International Film Festival, Nov. 14-21.
The film series is free and open to the public.
All films will be shown at
the Virginia Beach campus Pungo Auditorium at 1700 College Crescent.
"The films represent
a broad range of styles and cultures," says Vernon Cramer,
TCC's director of instructional technology and film festival organizer.
"We're pleased to offer free showings to give our students
and the community an opportunity to learn more about international
films. This year, we are particularly pleased to present two area
premiers with "Together" and "Marooned In Iraq."
Dr. Bill Jones, a professor from Virginia Wesleyan, will provide
a brief introduction for each of the films. The film series is the
inspiration of the TCC
International Programs Office
and is funded by the Virginia Beach campus Student Activities Office.
Whale Rider ,
Nov. 14, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (New Zealand)
Whale Rider has been something
of a sensation on the international film-festival circuit, winning
awards at influential festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam,
San Francisco and more. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal
New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief.
But her grandfather Koro is bound by
tradition to pick a male
leader. Pai sets out to prove herself worthy of the post. The film,
released in June, 2003, is based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera and
was written and directed by Niki Caro.
, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. (France)
A huge hit in France, this
comedy centers around a French college student who gets his first
taste of European diversity when he moves into a Barcelona apartment
and embarks on a yearlong study-abroad program. His roommates are
three guys from Italy, Denmark and Germany and three girls from
England, Belgium and Andalusia. Together, the seven experience life,
romance and endless adventures. Written and directed by
Nine Queens ,
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. (Argentina)
This captivating heist tale
follows two small-time grifters who team up to pull off a big-time
score involving a set of valuable counterfeit stamps known as the
Nine Queens. But when the rules of the con game unexpectedly change,
the two crooks find themselves pitted against each other in this
taut psychological thriller in which neither the players nor the
audience know for sure who is playing whom. Written and directed
by Fabian Belinsky.
Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. (China - AREA PREMIER)
From the director of "Farewell
My Concubine" comes this moving and beautiful film about a
13-year-old violinist and his father who move from their small town
into Beijing so the boy can get training he needs
to audition for a prestigious
music academy. Once he arrives, he finds that his talent and dream
of success are set off course by the corrupting power of money and
misguided friendship. Directed by Chen Kaige and written by Xue
Marooned In Iraq
, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. (Iran - AREA PREMIER)
The war with Iran is over
and Saddam's air force is now engaged in exterminating the Kurdish
population. In the midst of the chaos, Mirza, an aging well-known
Iranian Kurdish singer receives an urgent message from his ex-wife
Hannah that she is in need of help. Accompanied by his two musician
sons, Mirza begins a perilous journey to help her that is marked
both by comic misadventures and near heartbreak. Written and directed
by Bahman Ghobadi.
Nowhere In Africa
, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. (Germany)
A love story spanning two
continents, "Nowhere in Africa" is the extraordinary true
tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a
remote farm in Kenya. Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best
Foreign Language Film, "Nowhere in Africa" is based on
the bestselling autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig. Written
and directed by Caroline Link.
Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the
23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more
than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600
community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large
community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community
College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with
campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well
as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater
district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology Center
in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending
a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.
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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications