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SGS Announces Summer 2016 Film Festival Lineup

May 25 2016

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The seventh annual Summer Film Festival “Youth Culture in Global Cinema,” will run from July 13th to September 7th and features nine films from around the world.  

All films are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and feature a post-screening discussion. 

Admission is free and open to the community.

Click here for a map to the Geology Corner which is on the corner of Lomita Mall and Escondido Mall.

July 13

Corazón del Tiempo (Heart of Time)

Mexico, Directed by Alberto Cortés, 2009
Q&A with Elizabeth Saenz-AckermannAssociate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, and Adan GriegoCurator for Latin American, Iberian & Mexican American Collections at Stanford Libraries 

A young woman in the southern Mexican region of Chiapas falls for a revolutionary fighting in the Zapatista conflict.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

July 20

Capturing Dad

Japan, Directed by Ryota Nakano, 2013
Q&A with Miyako InoueAssociate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology

Sawa instructs her two daughters to visit their estranged father before he dies and take one last photo with him.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies

July 27


France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar, Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015 (Length 1 hr. 40 min.)
Q&A with Burcak Keskin-KozatAssociate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum

Five orphan girls navigate through romance and social pressures in northern Turkey.

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

August 3

Zinda Bhaag

Pakistan, Directed by Meenu Gaur, 2013 (Length 1 hr. 55 min.)
Q&A with Sangeeta Mediratta, Associate Director of the Center for South Asia

Three young men try to escape the reality of their everyday lives and succeed in ways they had least expected.

Sponsored by the Center for South Asia

August 10

Stilyagi (Hipsters)

Russia, Directed by Valery Todorovsky, 2008 (Length 1 hr. 55 min.)
Q&A with Kate Kuhns, Executive Director of Stanford Global Studies

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz.

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

August 17

Otelo Burning

South Africa, Directed by Sara Blecher, 2012 (Length 1 hr. 45 min.)
Q&A with Laura Hubbard, Associate Director of the Center for African Studies

Based on true events, Otelo Burning is a story of three South African teens that escape the turmoil of their township and discover the joy of surfing.

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies

August 24

La Haine

France, Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 (Length 1 hr. 38 min.)
Q&A with Marie-Pierre Ulloa, Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in the French and Italian Department at Stanford

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Sponsored by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

August 31

I Am Taraneh, 15

Iran, Directed by Rasoul Sadrameli, 2002 (Length 1 hr. 50 min.)
Q&A with acclaimed filmmaker and playwright Bahram BeyzaieLecturer in the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, and Abbas Milani, Director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

Fifteen-year-old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, is talked into an unhappy marriage and must deal with the consequences.

Sponsored by The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

September 7

Os Gatos Nao Tern Vertigens (Cats Don't Have vertigo)

Portugal, Directed by Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos, 2014 (Length 2 hr. 4 mins.)
Q&A with Vincent Barletta, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures

This film tells the stories of two people—one an abandoned 18-year old boy and the other a 73-year old widow—and the profound effect that their unlikely friendship has on both of their lives.

Sponsored by The Europe Center