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12 Windows: Encountering Culture Though Film

12 Windows: encountering culture through film–the PGE is sponsoring a
new film series in the fall sememster in which professors choose films
that explore cultures outside the U.S.

Last spring, the PGE sponsored a successful Central and Eastern European film series in the spring semester with the assistance of Professors Ost and Weiss. The series’ 11-week-run saw average attendance rates of 15-20 students, professors and local community members. Building on this success, the PGE would like to announce a new film series for fall 2002 and invites faculty and staff members to help in putting together 12 windows: encountering culture though film. 12 Windows: Encountering Culture Though Film is a 12-week odyssey of films chosen and introduced by Colleges faculty for their insight into other countries, regions and cultures. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Sanford Room.

In this series, HWS faculty/staff will choose and briefly introduce their pick for most powerful film representing or exploring the culture of a community outside the U.S. The films may focus on any level of community, including broad regions, nations, multiethnic states, cities, neighborhoods or villages. The films will serve as “windows” for the student audience, providing them insight into the inner workings of the community, its relationship to neighboring communities, and its place in the context of a diverse human geography.

The only criteria are that the film be under three hours, understandable to all (English or
subtitles) and accessible to an audience encountering the culture for the first time. Depending on the response from faculty/staff we may extend the series into the spring semester.

The PGE has reserved the Sanford Room every Monday from 7 until 10 p.m., and will handle all advertising for the film and the actual screening (equipment, etc). It would be ideal if the faculty/staff member were to introduce the film and lead any discussion that follows. The PGE will work with the faculty member in finding a copy of the film if it is not readily available (library, private collection, rental). If faculty/staff wish, the PGE will also assist in preparing a short hand-out to provide some additional context and insight for the audience.

As with many on-campus programs, the largest key to the success of last spring’s series was the incorporation of the films into class curricula or the provision of extra credit for film attendance. Therefore faculty members are highly encourage to think about integrating the films in this series into their classes, or to submit films already scheduled for a class if the film has wider appeal. The PGE will post the a list and schedule of films as soon as possible so that faculty will have time to consider adding them to their course requirements or providing extra credit for them.

E-mail the following information to Doug Reilly at dreilly@hws.edu:

  • film title
  • country, year, language, B&W/color
  • a brief description of the film
  • which course it's used in (if any)
  • brief statement on why you think this film should be seen by everyone
  • your name, department and contact information.