Foreign Focus

Description

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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Schedule

Nov 28

In Between (Bar Bahar)

This screening was previously scheduled for October and has been reschedule for November 28 at 7:00pm.

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Featuring an introduction by Students for Justice in Palestine at University of South Carolina.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud

Lalia, Salma, and Nur share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim girl who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university. Yet despite their differences, the three women find themselves balancing tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.

Prior to the screening Students for Justice in Palestine at University of South Carolina will speak about the representations of gender, female experience, and friendship in the film.

Dec 13

Polina

This film is part out our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj

Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski, Polina is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet, when she discovers contemporary dance, pushing her to question everything. Polina decides to leave it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj, played by the awe-inspiring Juliette Binoche. Witness the story of a determined dancer who works herself to the point of obsession, as she faces the dispiriting realities of the ballet world.

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