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UPC Launches International Film Series at FSU
02/13/2009

The Frostburg State University Programming Council will present “Bridges to the World,” an international film series that takes an exploratory look at several countries and their connections to Maryland and the World. ”Bridges to the World” is presented by World Artist’s Experiences and the International Division of Maryland’s office of the Secretary of State. The series will begin on Feb. 17 and run every Tuesday until March 10. All show times are at 7 p.m.

The film series is a statewide, month-long initiative that will begin with a look at Egypt on Feb. 17 at in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room 201. The film, “Love in Karnak,” is a blending of Egypt’s past and 20th century cultural traditions. It tells a fictionalized account of the founding of Egypt’s first national folkloric dance group, The Reda Troupe, a company that reworked indigenous song and dance into modern forms.

The second film of the series showcases a love story from China and will be shown on Feb. 24 in the Lane University Center Derezinski Lounge. “Ruguo Ali” or “Perhaps Love” is a multiple award-winning film that features a love triangle, a story within a story and musical performances to express emotions and explain character. The film is also a postmodern parody of and political satire on the relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China.

The third film of the series, on March 3 in Atkinson Room 201, will take a glance into Ecuador. “Fuera de Juego” or “Offsides” has been screened at over 30 film festivals around the world. “Offsides” tells the story of young man, Juan, who dreams of emigrating to escape his world of suffocating poverty. Through desperation, love, widespread corruption and the social, economic and moral collapse of his environment, Juan is driven to a life of crime.

The film series will end with a film from Estonia on March 10 in Atkinson Room 201. The film, “Vastutuulesaal” or “Headwind Hall,” is a documentary film about the conductor Tonu Kaljuste and his crazy idea of building an opera house on the estate of the past inventor Schmidt in Naissar. The film takes place over a period of five years and shows Kaljuste navigating through tough bureaucracy, construction and potential investors.

Each film will be followed by a discussion and a reception with food from each area. The films are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Lane University Center 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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