Free international film series continues at TROY Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 01 July 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus library will continue its yearlong international film series with a selection of movies from Columbia, Germany and Israel starting in July.

The next three films shown in the series will be:

  • July 13: “The Wind Journeys” (Colombia, 2009)
  • August 10: “Only When I Dance” (Germany, 2009)
  • September 14: “Jaffa” (Israel, 2009)

The Dothan Campus library has contracted with Film Movement, a distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, to host monthly screenings of international films. All movies start at 7 p.m. inside Sony Hall.

The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Library Director Christopher Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 320.

July 13

“The Wind Journeys” (Colombia, 2009)

For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo travelled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them.

August 10

“Only When I Dance”(Germany, 2009)

This feel-good documentary follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. This inspiring story takes us from Rio - where their communities must raise the funds to support their ambitions - to exhilarating ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. It's a film about their determination to dance, and the price one must pay for talent, ambition and success.

September 14

“Jaffa” (Israel, 2009)

In the heart of the Israeli city of Jaffa, Reuven's garage is a family-run business. The garage workers consist of Reuven's beautiful daughter Mali, his aggressive and distant son Meir, as well as the young Palestinian man, Toufik. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years, and that Mali is pregnant with Toufik's child. As the two lovers secretly make their wedding arrangements, tension steadily builds between Toufik and Meir, who openly voices his disdain and prejudices about Arabs. As these relationships continue to intensify, emotions begin to boil, resulting in an astonishing conclusion.