Carleton presents Weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is hosting a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held every Thursday (while classes are in session) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, these screenings are free and open to the public.

The International Film Forum is a group dedicated to the viewing and studying of foreign films, developed thought a partnership between the Carleton departments of arts, cinema and media studies, and languages. The screenings are often preceded by a presentation by the director of the film a Carleton professor, or a knowledgeable guest—and then followed by a short discussion session.

Upcoming films during the Winter Term include:

Jan. 23: “The Act of Killing” (2012, Indonesia, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer)

In this Academy Award-nominated film (Best Foreign Film), the leaders of an Indonesian death squad, who are responsible for the genocide of one million alleged communists, make a movie in which they play the criminals and the victims of the crimes they committed.


Jan. 30: “Remembering Nokutela” (2013, United States, directed by Chérif Keita)

Keita, a Mali-born film director and professor of French and Francophone studies at Carleton, documents his journey unearthing the story of a forgotten woman pioneer in the liberation movement in South Africa.


Feb. 6: “Rust and Bone” (2012, France, directed by Jacques Audiard)
A single father with a passion for kick boxing and life falls in love with a beautiful killer whale trainer and helps her regain courage to go on living after a tragic accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair.


Feb. 13: “Monsieur Lazhar” (2011, Canada, directed by Philippe Falardeau)

Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, helps the students heal from the suicide of their beloved teacher and in doing so comes to accept his own loss of his loved ones.


Feb. 20: “Berberian Sound Studio” (2012, United Kingdom, Peter Strickland)

Berberian Sound Studio is a psychological thriller in which what you see is not as nearly as terrifying as what you hear. Set in the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work for a gruesome horror film. As the boundary between the film and reality starts to blur, the technician starts to wonder if he’s working on a horror film or in one.


Feb. 27: “TOKYO Ainu” (2011, Japan, directed by Hiroshi Moriya

The Ainus are an indigenous people of Japan whose traditional homeland is Hokkaido. Today, a lot of the Ainus have relocated to Tokyo to escape the economic disadvantages and discriminations but still retain their Ainu identity and culture. The film TOKYO Ainu is a series of interviews with various members of the Ainu community of Tokyo, which is widely thought to have abandoned its original ancient culture and have assimilated into the popular Japanese culture.


For more information about the Carleton College International Film Forum, including disability accommodations, please contact Steve Richards, Director of the Arts, at (507) 222-4389. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at College and Third Streets in Northfield.