Foreign Focus


Foreign Focus is a monthly series screening the best contemporary films from across the globe. As a space for cultural enrichment, we understand how essential it is to expose our audiences to different realities and perspectives. With the creation of our new series Foreign Focus, we want our audience to explore the world through striking images and thought provoking content.

Foreign Focus will transport you to awe-inspiring places where you will witness different traditions and be fascinated by the infinite ways human beings interact throughout the world.

Foreign Focus is sponsored by:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

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Mar 08

Fire at Sea

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Situated some 200 km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

Apr 12


This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

The Nickelodeon theatre invites you to join us in the Indie Grits: Visiones festivities throughout the month of April! Every week our Foreign Focus series will host a film spotlighting Latin American culture. This week get to know Pablo Neruda, a Chilean writer whose poetry  and activism empowered readers around the world.

Director: Pablo Larraín

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Join us for a talk-back after the film with Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez. Rodriguez is an educator and writer currently working in the department of Languages, Literature, and Culture at USC. Originally from Colombia and holding a PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural studies from Georgetown University, Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez's work is marked by an emphasis on the historical depth of racial categories as an essential problem for Andean studies. Through research into the interwoven dynamics of social and cultural life expressed in literature and visual arts she hopes to make a contribution to the ongoing study of the politics of race and cultural difference in Latin America.

May 10


This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new. Nominated for the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, a first for Australia!

Jun 14

After the Storm

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and 11-year-old son. As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go particularly well for this fractured family.