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FSU to Present Screenings of International Films
02/04/2014

FSU to Present Screenings of International Films
A scene from “Mi Mejor Enemigo”

Frostburg State University will screen a series of international films from Chile, Israel, China and Slovenia each Tuesday for the next month in conjunction with World Artists Experience and the International Division of Maryland’s Office of Secretary of State. The Building Bridges International Film festival is a statewide, month-long initiative in recognition of the state’s global reach and a reflection of those connections here in Maryland.

“Mi Mejor Enemigo” from Chile will be presented on Feb. 11, “Mabul” from Israel on Feb. 18, “Ocean Heaven” from China on Feb. 25 and “Trmasti Spomin” from Slovenia on March 4. Each movie will be screened with English subtitles, and participants will be offered refreshments from that country. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in room 111 of the Lane University Center and are free and open to the public.

“Mi Mejor Enemigo” is a darkly comic film about the absurdity of war, culture xenophobia and national borders. The film is based on the geopolitical argument between Chile and Argentina that led to military action in 1978 referred to as the Beagle Conflict. “Mi Mejor Enemigo” tells the story of a six-man Chilean patrol defending the vast grassy plains of southern Patagonia that bonds with a six-man Argentinian patrol defending from the opposite side of the same border.

“Mabul” is based on a short film by Guy Nattiv in 2002 that focuses on family and what natural forces are necessary for family members to communicate with one another. The film features a young boy named Yoni, who is weeks away from his Bar Mitzvah and is very insecure with his life and dysfunctional family environment.

“Ocean Heaven” is a movie that explores a father’s loving devotion for his son, a young adult on the autism spectrum. The father, Sam Wong, tries to teach his son, Dafu, basic life skills and must figure out how Dafu will survive after he dies. Wong learns to understand who his son truly is when he takes Dafu to the aquarium where he works. The film is heart-warming and highlights the lack of programs and services in China for adults on the autism spectrum.

“Trmasti Spomin” is a documentary that spotlights Boris Pahor, the internationally honored Slovenian writer known for his work “Necropolis.” This work is based on his experience in 1944 of being placed in a concentration camp for political activists and resistance leaders and stands as a memoir of the unimaginable terrors of the Holocaust. The film takes place around Pahor’s 97th birthday and focuses on his past experiences. The documentary strives to remind people of the horrific events of the Holocaust and serve as a warning to future generations.

For more information, contact the Lane University Information Desk at 301-687-4411.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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