SUNY Geneseo will present films from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States this semester, as part of its continuing International Film Series, launched last year. Schedule highlights include "A Closer Walk," the first film to offer a global perspective of humankind’s confrontation with AIDS (Thursday, Oct. 9); and, in the context of the college’s annual Cultural Harmony Week, the 1934 film "El Tango en Broadway" (Thursday, Oct. 23). As part of this year’s weeklong exploration of issues relating to diversity in the mass media, the Cultural Harmony Week keynote lecture by actor and academic Alma Martinez will address "The Latino Image in Film" (Tuesday, Oct. 21).

The showings, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the college’s state-of-the-art International Cinema Center, located in Guy A. Bailey Hall Auditorium (Bailey 135). The lecture by Martinez will take place in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Following each show, a faculty or other expert will lead discussion on the film, and refreshments will be provided.

• "La Haine" (Hate) – Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(France, 1984, in French with English subtitles). Winner of Best Director at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, this harsh black-and-white drama, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, is an unremitting look at the violence, unemployment and racial hatred that divide the dispossessed urban youth of contemporary France. Set in a Paris suburb over the course of 24 hours, the film is remarkable for the verve of its authentic performances and its gritty, realistic feel. Discussant: to be determined.

• "Azúcar amarga" (Bitter Sugar) – Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Cuba, 1996, in Spanish with English subtitles, 102 minutes). This visceral, energizing look at contemporary Cuba offers an impassioned love story set against the political and economic tensions in Havana. Gustavo, young communist idealist with a glorified vision of Castro´s regime, falls in love with Yolanda, a disenchanted dancer who longs to escape to Miami, and, despite their radically opposing beliefs, the young couple becomes inseparable. The city begins to erupt around them, as Gustavo’s rebellious musician brother injects himself with the AIDS virus in suicidal protest, and his father realizes that he will earn more money as a hotel bar pianist than as a doctor. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo English Professor Maria Lima.

• "Cinema Paradiso" – Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Italy, 1989, in Italian with English subtitles, abridged version, 122 minutes). This Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner and universal crowd-pleaser is an affectionate salute to the magic of the movies and the individuals who spend their lives in the projection booth. Philippe Noiret stars as Alfredo, the projectionist for a small Sicilian village movie palace, who opens up new worlds for one very inquisitive child. With Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Pupella Maggio and Marco Leonardi. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Psychology Professor Emeritus Mel Yessenow.

• "A Closer Walk" – Thursday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(2000, more information available on the worldwide web, at The first film to depict humankind’s confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic, "A Closer Walk" comes from acclaimed, Oscar-nominated director and producer Robert Bilheimer ("Cry of Reason"). Conceived with the late Jonathan Mann, architect of the World Health Organization’s response to global AIDS, this work was described by Kansas City Star movie editor Robert W. Butler as "one of the most artful, heartrending and inspirational documentaries I’ve ever seen." According to Butler, "A Closer Walk" has "the potential to actually change lives." Narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Anthropology Professor Rosemarie Chierici.

• "8 1/2" – Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Italy, in Italian with English subtitles). In Fellini’s audacious, autobiographical and inventive masterpiece, a film director finds himself trapped by his fears and insecurities during the making of a film. With the performance of a lifetime by Marcello Mastroianni as Guido, the director, and starring Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo and Barbara Steele. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Ron Herzman.

• Special Event: Cultural Harmony Week Keynote Lecture, "The Latino Image in Film," by Alma Martinez – Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Wadsworth Auditorium

"Spitfires, Latin Lovers and Bandidos: The Latino Image in Film," delivered by accomplished actor Alma Martinez, will explore stereotyping and reality in story lines, characters and images. Martinez is a member of the theater arts faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a doctoral candidate at Stanford University.

• "El tango en Broadway" – Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Argentina, France, U.S., 1934, in Spanish with English subtitles, 95 minutes). This rare musical comedy stars the incomparable master of the tango, Carlos Gardel, at the height of his profession. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Rose McEwen.

• "Como agua para chocolate" (Like Water for Chocolate) – Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Mexico, 1992, in Spanish with English subtitles, 105 minutes). Immensely popular as both a film and, originally, a book, this is the magical story of a young girl whose cooking is infused with her emotions as she prepares her meals. Unrequited passions, political upheaval and madness are unraveled in this highly entertaining, sensual and funny story. Written by Laura Esquivel. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Rose McEwen.

• "Indochine" – Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(France, 1992, in French with English subtitles, 158 minutes). Winner of the 1992 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this epic by Regis Wargnier is set during the French occupation of Southeast Asia in the 1930s. Catherine Deneuve plays a plantation owner who searches for her adopted Vietnamese daughter, Camille (Lihn Dan Pham), after the young woman falls in love and becomes a communist revolutionary. Discussant: to be determined.

• "Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda" (Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman) – Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Bailey Auditorium (Room 135)

(Mexico, 1995, in Spanish with English subtitles, 110 minutes). This funny and thoughtful look at the changing nature of gender roles follows a couple with amusingly different ideas about what makes for a healthy, intimate relationship. Concerned that the years are passing her by, Gina looks for a commitment from her longtime boyfriend, Adrian. Angered by his refusal to marry and fed up with his sexist attitudes, she takes a younger and more sensitive man as her lover. Adrian, however, will not surrender his woman or his antiquated ways of thinking. Adopting the style of the legendary Pancho Villa, he tries to fully embrace his machismo and win back the passion of Gina. This bright, intelligent romantic comedy boasts sparkling, prize-winning performances. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Rose McEwen.

The International Film Series (IFS) was established in January 2003 to offer Geneseo students, faculty and staff, and the general public a variety of alternative films that emphasize diversity and multiculturalism. It incorporates and expands on previously existing programs at the college, including the Latin American & Caribbean Film Series and the Francophone Film Series. Bailey Hall 135 has been reserved exclusively as a venue for the IFS, from 6:30-10 p.m. on Thursdays during academic sessions.

Films are selected on the basis of proposals for individual and serial screenings submitted by faculty, staff and students of the college. Both documentaries and feature films are shown, and the series is supported in part by the IFS Committee and the Office of the Provost.

IFS Committee members include: Geneseo Associate Professor of English Maria Lima, Geneseo Associate Professor of English Alan Lutkus, and Geneseo Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Rose McEwen. They may be contacted by e-mail at, or; or by phone, through the Department of English, at (585) 245-5273, or the Department of Foreign Languages, at (585) 245-5247.

More information and a link to the current IFS calendar is available on the SUNY Geneseo web site at Each calendar entry includes a link to descriptions of all the films.

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