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

Alan Cumming on Playing Cabaret’s Emcee in Every Decade

first_img Cabaret Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments Alan Cumming will take his final bow as Cabaret’s Emcee when the revival closes on March 29, but he’s had quite a stay at the Kit Kat Klub. He reaches the “end of an era,” he explained to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, after playing the pansexual ringleader in every decade of his adulthood (Cumming first played the role in his 20s, and he recently turned 50). But don’t expect a 60-year-old Emcee. Take a look at the fun clip below as Cumming vows to hang up the suspenders for good, and recounts his fashion (or lack thereof) influence on former co-star and fellow current Broadway headliner Helen Mirren. Yes, even the Queen wears Crocs!last_img read more

William L. Baumgartner, 87

first_imgWilliam L. Baumgartner, 87 of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. Bill was born on November 6, 1932 in Greensburg, the son of William and Helen (Bobrink) Baumgartner. He was a 1950 graduate of Greensburg High School and a 1957 graduate of Hanover College. Bill served in the US Army after high school.Bill worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. as an auditor, Profit Management, the Greensburg Water Office, and was the owner of Leader Shoe Store in Greensburg for 15 years. He was member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion (Past Commander), the Eagles, the Elks, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine of Decatur County (Past President), Murat Council of Units and Clubs (Past President), Murat Railroad Club (Past President), Murat Dramatic Cast (Past President) and Decatur County Railroad Club.Survivors include his three children – Mike Baumgartner of Greensburg, Chris Baumgartner of Columbus and Nancy Gibson of Hamburg and one grandson – Ryan Baumgartner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Doris (Wagner) Baumgartner.Due to the current health climate and government restrictions on gatherings there will be no public services at this time, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be made to the family at read more

Sex scandal rocks the church

first_imgChurch and policemen are the main sex offenders against minors- CISOCABy Karyl WalkerIn the wake of reports concerning clergymen who were charged with having sex with a female when she was 12 and 14 years old; the head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, on Wednesday told a committee of Jamaica’s Parliament that pastors and policemen are among the main perpetrators of sex offences against children.“We have constantly arrested high-profile members of the society, and, in particular, the Church. The Church and policemen are really our two highest, high profile persons. The church and police. Yes, my colleagues,” Ross-Stewart told a joint-select committee of Parliament that is reviewing Jamaica’s sex laws.Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange, was not amused. “It’s distressing but not surprising,” she said.Interestingly while Ross-Stewart was making her report in Parliament cops from CISOCA arrested and charge yet another clergyman from the Seventh Day Adventist church for alleged sex offences against an underage female.The CISOCA head said that last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons. Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston. Most of the perpetrators were adult men. However, Ross-Stewart did not give much data on the number of cops and gospel preachers implicated in the sex offences. She lamented that the conviction rate was among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences. Meanwhile, there was yet another development in the scandal that has been rocking the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands when on the same day the accused – Dr. Paul Gardener, the former president of the Church and Revered Jermaine Gibson – a former deputy president, dropped a threat of a lawsuit against the alleged victim.Gardner and Gibson made the decision when they appeared in court in the central parish of Manchester.The two were arrested by cops from the CISOCA on January 20 and slapped with carnal abuse charges.Gibson allegedly had a sexual relationship with the complainant when she was 12 years old. Gardner allegedly also engaged in sexual relations with her when she was 14.However, Gardner denied the allegations, stating that he would clear his name.Both were held after the female, who is now an adult, made complaints against them to the police and were ordered to return to court February 8.last_img read more