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SFCC International Film Festival

Films are shown at 7:15 PM on six consecutive Tuesday evenings at The Garland Theatre. CCS students and employees are admitted free with college ID; all others pay a general admission fee of $5.00. Ticket sales help fund next year's festival.

For information, contact SFCC Spanish instructor Gabriel Valenzuela, 533-3472 or

April 21, 2015
Film 1
Grave of the Fireflies
Presenter: Kyonran Kaku (Japanese Language T.A.)

Grave of the Fireflies is a powerful Japanese anime film that graphically depicts the U.S. bombing of Kobe, Japan during WWII. Based on a semi-autobiographic novel, the film reveals the desperate struggle of a young boy and his little sister to survive. The film focuses its attention almost entirely on the personal tragedies of war, telling its compelling story in a lifelike artful way. According to Roger Ebert, "This film belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made."

April 28, 2015
Film 2
Joyeux Noel
Presenter: Matthew Thomas (French Club President)

Joyeux Noel is a French film based on a real event that occurred during WWI on Christmas Eve, 1914. A miraculous event occurs when the Germans who had been fighting French/British soldiers during the day pause to celebrate the birth of Christ. Beautiful encounters of sharing occur as two opposing forces celebrate Christmas Eve with singing, cigarettes, chocolate and even a mass. The film has its share of bloodshed, especially early in the film, but the optimism of brotherhood emerges, even in times of war.

May 5, 2015
Film 3
Butterfly's Tongue
Presenter: Gabriel Valenzuela

Butterfly's Tongue is a Spanish film that reflects the Republican/Fascist conflict before the outbreak of the Civil War (1936), showing the effects of the political turmoil on a picturesque little village. This time of emotional upheaval is told through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy, Moncho. His worldly teacher, Don Gregorio, guides Moncho to open his eyes to the beauty all around him. As the military marches through Spain and the community is split in two, their friendship is put under unbearable pressure. The film explores very profound themes that are delivered through a well-written script and powerful performances. It is rated R.

May 12, 2015
Film 4
Ip Man
Hong Kong
Presenter: Pingbo Zhou (Ferris HS Scholar of the year)

Ip Man is a semi-biographical account of Yip Man, who was Bruce Lee's martial arts instructor. The film takes place during the Second Sino Japanese War (1931) and follows Ip Man from living in a very prosperous city of Hong Kong to his eventual escape to Shanghai. This is not an action film but instead a martial arts movie that portrays Wing Chung, based about strategy and mechanics, as superior to other forms of martial arts. The astonishing fight scenes are some of the most exciting ever filmed in a martial arts movie. It is rated R.

May 19, 2015
Film 5
Before Night Falls
Presenter: Alliance Club member

Before Night Falls shows the aftermath of war when freedoms are lost. The film tells the story of the renowned Cuban writer/novelist/poet Reinaldo Arenas, whose lost freedoms result in one man's battle against the autocratic regime of Fidel Castro. The film is set in Cuba where under Castro's rule there is brutal intolerance for any misfits. Arenas is a misfit, and because of his openly gay behavior and writings is imprisoned. When asked why he writes, he responds "for revenge." After two years in prison, Arenas escapes to the U.S. and continues his writing. The film stars Javiar Bardem, Sean Penn and Johnny Depp. It is rated R.

May 26, 2015
Film 6
Life is Beautiful
Presenter: Mary Hyatt

Life is Beautiful is an Italian film that won the Academy Award Oscars for Best Foreign Film, Best Actor and Best Music. The film at first glance appears to be about the Holocaust, but it is not. It is about how one man protects his son from the horrors of a German concentration camp. The film is divided into two parts: (1) the carefree days of Guido when he falls in love and marries Dora in fascist controlled Italy, and (2) life in the concentration camp where through incredible imagination, skills and humor, Guido protects his son Joshua from the horrors of the camp. If Guido had a gun, he would shoot the fascists; if he had an army, he would destroy them; but Guido is a clown and uses comedy as his only weapon. Life is truly beautiful when you witness what a father will do because of love for his son.