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International Film Series


The UMass Lowell International Film Series committee presents to you our first series of vibrant, topical international films. Our goal is to screen three films per semester with related global themes. Below is the plan for spring 2019. 

All films are free and open to the campus community. There will be popcorn!



Film Schedule Spring 2019

2/21, 5:00 PM, O'Leary Library,
Room 222

Destiny, a film by Youssef Chahine


3/21, 6:00 PM, O'Leary Library,
Room 222


4/18, 5:00 PM, O'Leary Library,
Room 222

The Gilded Cage


UMass Lowell’s International Film Series will screen Youssef Chahine’s film Destiny on Thursday 2/21/19 at 5:00 PM in O’Leary Library Room 222. 

Destiny is a 1997 French-Egyptian film directed by Youssef Chahine. It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards

Wael Kamal, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will lead the conversation. There will be popcorn!

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope, a wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo--and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director's work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

Professor Thomas Hersey of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will lead the conversation.


The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Ruben Alves, drawing on his Portuguese heritage. Ruben Alves' French comedy hit looks at a family of Portuguese immigrants in Paris. Maria and Jose have lived for 30 years on the  ground floor of an apartment building and have become an integral part of the other residents' lives. When they plan to return to Portugal, their neighbours do everything they can to make them stay.

Professors Frank Sousa and Patricia Martinho Ferreira of the World Languages and Cultures Department will lead a discussion.