The Spanish Club Tertulia and the French Club are hosting an International Film Festival on Winthrop’s campus during the spring 2017 semester with the help of the Student Allocations Committee (SAC), DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) and 2 grants.
There will be 5 French films, 1 German film, and 5 Spanish films; all shown in their original foreign-language format with English subtitles. The many countries represented by these films include: Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela. The film festival will run on campus between February 6 and April 18, 2017.
Work to bring these films to campus began in the spring of 2016 with the preparation of two separate grant applications: one made to the French-American Cultural Exchange, and the other made to Pragda, a distributor of iberoamerican films.
Winthrop received a Tournées film festival grant, which exists to promote French-American cultural exchanges on American college campuses. The Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.
Pragda awarded the Spanish Club Tertulia their maximum grant which is a 50% discount in the cost of the film’s public performance rights which are usually $500/film. So instead of paying $2,500 to bring the 5 Spanish language films to campus the cost was reduced to $1,250. SCT is proud to say that The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture,
and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. The Spanish Club Tertulia obtained their money to bring these films to campus through their club dues, several fundraisers at Moe’s Southwest Grill, an outside donation, and help from the SAC.
To help celebrate National Foreign Language Week area high school students studying Spanish are being invited to the Tuesday morning screening of the Spanish film The Liberator which tells the story of Simón Bolívar. Those students are also being invited by the Department of World Languages and Cultures to participate in mock Spanish classes. These invitations are being extended with the hope that the students will have a positive experience on campus that will encourage them to continue their language studies and to choose to attend Winthrop University after their high school graduation.
International Film Festival Schedule
All of the films will be shown in Dina’s Place beginning at 7pm (with the exception of the March 7th showing of El Libertador at 9:15am). We plan for Cultural Credits to be available for attendance at each of these films.
Here is the schedule:
Monday, February 6, 2017 7 cajas / 7 Boxes
Monday, February 13, 2017 Las vacas con gafas / Cows wearing glasses
Monday, February 20, 2017 Los bañistas / Open Cage
Monday, February 27, 2017 Las analfabetas / Illiterate
Monday, March 6, 2017 El Libertador / The Liberator
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 El Libertador / The Liberator
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 L’Écume des jours / Mood Indigo
Thursday, March 23, 2017 La Cour de Babel /The School of Babel
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Timbuktu
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Bande de filles / Girlhood
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 La Marquise d’O / The Marquise of O
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Monsieur Lazhar
***This article was written by Renée Strickland who is a student of the Spanish language and is active in the Spanish Club Tertulia.