SMC to host international film festival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will host the World Cinema Festival from Jan. 27-Jan. 29 in Vander Vennet Theatre.Associate director of CWIL Mana Derakhshani said the College had offered a film festival to the community for over 10 years, beginning with a French film festival and transitioning to a variety of international films.Derakhshani said the film festival complements the work of the College to internationalize the campus.“[The festival] brings to campus major films from other countries that we don’t usually get to see in the U.S., particularly outside of a large metropolis such as New York or Chicago,” Derakhshani said. “In addition, screening foreign films on campus supports the larger college-wide learning outcomes of intercultural competence and global learning.”The festival will feature three films in their original languages, with English subtitles, over the course of three nights. Each film will start at 7 p.m., beginning with the Arabic-language film “Wadjda”, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour on Tuesday. On Wednesday, “Queen”, a Hindi-language film directed by Vikas Bahl, will be screened. The festival will conclude with “So Young”, a Mandarin-language film directed by Wei Zhao.​Derakhshani said she hopes students will attend and learn something about the perspective of other cultures.“Films are windows into particular cultures and allow us to gain some understanding of certain aspects of these cultures,” she said.Derakhshani said viewing these films is a way to engage with the larger world and prepare oneself to interact with different cultures.She said there would be much in the films that differ from the realities of Saint Mary’s students, though there may be some experiences that are similar.“These three films specifically portray young women or girls’ quest for agency and voice in three different cultures and in three different contexts,” she said. “Noting both differences and similarities will increase the audience’s ability to encounter difference with an ethnorelative perspective rather than a judgmental ethnocentric attitude.“Seeing the world through someone else’s cultural lens helps us understand our own culture and norms better.”Two of the films are in languages taught at the College, Arabic and Mandarin, Derakhshani said.“I hope students learning these languages — or wanting to learn them — will come to hear the language in an authentic context,” she said.Derakhshani said she hopes many students will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the films. The event is free and open to the public.For the complete schedule and more information on the films, visit center for women’s intercultural leadership, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mana Derakhshani, Saint Mary’s College, Vander Vennet Theatre, Vikas Bahl, Wei Zhao, World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

Local Olympian

first_imgBy now you have probably heard that former Hidden Valley Lake resident, Nick Goepper, has qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  He is the top participant in an event called skiing slopestyle.  Like so many of the new Olympic events this is really acrobatics on a ski slope.  To classify this event you have to combine downhill skiing with the new snow boarding events popular in what are now called the X games.  If it weren’t done on snow, it would be close to the skate boarding tricks that young kids today like to do.Nick got his start at Perfect North Slopes.  Since no one in this area had any experience with this particular sport, he knew he would have to get to more traditional ski country.  Before it could happen, the young man had to convince his parents that he was serious in his desire to pursue this.  It meant leaving home while he was still in high school.  Not only was he a success, but he became #1 in the United States.  In the next 10 days we will know if he is the best in the world.  Good Luck, Nick!last_img read more

UAE side Al Wahda submits offer to sign Ghana AFCON star Harrison Afful

first_imgUAE side Al Wahda FC have tabled an undisclosed offer to Tunisian side Esperance for Ghana defender Harrison Afful.According to Tunisian media, officials of the Tunis club are willing to enter into negotiation with Al Wahda when the player returns from the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations.He played in all of Ghana’s matches as the Black Stars suffered a 9-8 penalty shootout defeat to Ivory Coast in the final.Afful’s contract with the Blood and Gold expires at the end of the season and would be available on a free transfer.Esperance anticipated the 27-year-old Ghana international would leave during the January transfer window and excluded him from their CAF Champions League squad.But that has been rectified and the former Asante Kotoko player named in their squad for the continent’s flagship event which starts this month.last_img read more

Poll: Kane, Vardy or Lukaku – which striker should Man United buy in January?

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Manchester United drew a blank again on Saturday – the sixth time they have done so this season – and Louis van Gaal is being tipped to launch a big-money move for a striker in the January transfer window.Tottenham’s Harry Kane is reportedly United’s top target but Drivetime want to know which of the Premier League’s form hitmen you would like to see at Old Trafford…last_img