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SFCC International Film Festival

Films are shown at 7:15 PM on five consecutive Tuesday evenings at The Garland Theatre. CCS students & employees are admitted free with college ID; all others pay a general admission fee of $4.50. Ticket sales help fund next year's festival.

For information, contact SFCC Spanish instructor Gabriel Valenzuela, 533-3472 or Gabriel.Valenzuela@sfcc.spokane.edu

April 22, 2014

Film 1 The Intouchables (2011)
Introduced by communications instructor Hadda Estrada

Intouchables is a must see film that has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based upon a true story, Philippe, a rich aristocrat who is paralyzed from the neck down, hires Driss, an unemployed care-free pot smoker from a poverty stricken family, to be his caretaker. Their “odd couple” interactions result in a unique and beautiful friendship. Countless magical moments and many humorous scenes visualize the universal clash of class structures. Intouchables is a true crowd pleaser that rises above its simple premise to deliver a most joyous and memorable film.

April 29, 2014

Film 2 Captive Beauty (2011)
Introduced by Spanish instructor Erin Johnson

Captive Beauty, a documentary, displays an interesting mix of culture and social issues behind the walls of a Colombian women's prison. As women prepare for a beauty pageant, the viewer gets an intriguing view of life and beauty intertwined with the struggles of Colombian society. The film is heartwarming at times and gut-wrenching at others as the women tell about their hope, optimism and commitment to the future.

May 6, 2014

Film 3 Lucky (2011)
South Africa
Introduced by film instructor Mary Hyatt

Lucky is a classic “orphan meets loner” story that raises questions about contemporary South Africa. Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky leaves his Zulu village vowing to fulfill his dream of attending school. In the city, he meets an elderly Indian woman whose concept of caste means she cannot touch Black people or anything that the Blacks have touched. The two have difficulty communicating since he speaks Zulu and she speaks Hindi. Variety's John Anderson states “an emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa...delicate and real... extraordinarily touching."

May 13, 2014

Film 4 Romeos (2011)
Introduced by film/English instructor Barbara Williamson

Romeos, a German tragicomedy, reveals the brutal but honest story of a twenty year old transgender man who is transitioning from female to male. Rick Okon, a rising young German star, portrays the pain frustration and joy of that transition. The film highlights the complexities of gender and sexuality and confronts what happens when those two different spectrums collide. The bottom line is that “This well made, touching film transcends its gay and transgender themes to tell a story that's really about all of us.”

May 20, 2014

Film 5 Together with You (2002)
South Korea/China
Introduced by social science instructor Ping Ping

Together with You is based on the true story of an adolescent violin prodigy, Xiaochun, who competes in the cutthroat world of Chinese classical music. Xiaochun's father dreams only of his son's success and goes to great lengths to guarantee his son's success. Through the course of the film, the son learns not just music but also what is really important in life. Noted Chinese film director Chen Kaige weaves unique images with a heartbreaking soundtrack to give this movie a definite feeling of realism. Film critic Don Willmott states, “Together is a story of old China versus new, of the transforming power of music, and of the love between a father and his son.”

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