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2017 Summer Film Festival Lineup

SGS Summer Film Festival
May 17 2017

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This year's annual film festival features nine films from around that world that focus on the theme “Finding Place: Immigration, Refugees, and Borders Across the World.”  

The film festival will run most Wednesdays at 7 p.m., from June 28 to September 13, and feature a post-screening discussion. 

Admission is free and open to the community.

Films will be screened in the Geology Corner, Building 320, Room 105. Click here for a map.

June 28

Danny from North Korea

Directed by Adam Sjöberg (U.S., Documentary, 2013)

The People's Crisis

Directed by Ryan Downer (U.S., Documentary, 2012)

Q&A with Joseph Seeley, Department of History & Elisa Kim, Department of Sociology

In Danny from North Korea, Danny makes a brave escape from North Korea, and manages to resettle in the United States. The People's Crisis is a sweeping overview of the North Korean people's crisis, with survivor interviews and examinations of efforts to help people find refuge.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies

July 12

The Intouchables

Directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano (France, 2011)
Q&A with David Laitin, Professor of Political Science

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young immigrant from the projects to be his caregiver.

Sponsored by The Europe Center

July 19

Tey (Aujourd’hui)

Directed by Alain Gomis (Sénégal/France, 2012)

* No Q&A this week

Satché is about to die. He decides to make his last day on this world the day of his life.

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies

July 26

After Spring

Directed by Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez (U.S., Documentary, 2016)
Q&A with Anita Husen, Associate Dean and Director, The Markaz: Resource Center

Filmmakers Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez witness the Syrian refugee crisis by following two families in transition and an aid worker fighting to keep a camp running.

Sponsored by The WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice

August 2

Who is Dayani Cristal? 

Directed by Marc Silver (Mexico/U.S., Documentary, 2014)
Q&A with Elizabeth Saenz-Ackermann, Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies

The attempt to identify human remains found in Arizona's Sonora Desert underscores the plight of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

August 16


Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj (India, 2014)
Q&A with Sangeeta Mediratta, Associate Director of the Center for South Asia

In Kashmir, a young man discovers not only that his mother is having an affair with his uncle but also that the man is responsible for his father's gruesome murder.

Sponsored by the Center for South Asia

August 23


Directed by Srdan Keca (UK/Serbia, 2011)
Q&A with Gülsenem Gün, Research Assistant, Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Turkey

The city of Dubai and its surrounding desert here become a set for a visual exploration of displacement, and the longings and desires of their inhabitants.

Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

September 6


Directed by Philippe Lioret (France, 2009)
Q&A with Nilgun Bayraktar, Assistant Professor of Film History, Theory & Criticism in the Visual Studies Program, California College of the Arts

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel — even though he's unable to swim.

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum, The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

September 13

For a Moment, Freedom

Directed by Arash T. Riahi (Canada, 2008)
Q&A with Arash T. Riahi, Director

A group of weary Middle Eastern refugees make their way to Turkey while trying to get to Europe.

Sponsored by The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies