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.

Special thanks to our series sponsors:

Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

Schedule

Dec 19

La Negrada

Shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s Costa Chica, La Negrada employed local non-professional actors to tell the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, romantically involved with the same man, Neri.

In Mexico, Afro-communities represent only 1% of the total population and have only recently been recognized as an ethnic group, nation, and culture. La Negrada is the first Mexican fiction movie filmed entirely in one of those these communities, with local people and no professional actors.

Directed by Jorge Pérez Solano.

Please join us after the screening for a talkback with Mijane Jiménez (President, Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica A.C.) and Dr. Kimberly Simmons (Professor of Anthropology at USC whose research is on African Diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean).

Though this is a historic film, critiques have been raised about its representation of Black Mexicans and its dependence on stereotypes.  We at the Nick are aware of this critique and have initiated conversations with AfroLatinx communities here and in Mexico. After much consideration and valuable advice, we have decided to screen the film as an opportunity to discuss these issues.

The Nickelodeon strives to be a community space where important dialogue and discussion can happen, a place where our communities can be informed, engaged, and heard.  The decision to screen this film was not an easy one, but we believe the accompanying talkback will reflect our values and mission.

Jan 09

Burning

A searing examination of Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by two new friends: Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead, Sorry to Bother You), a wealthy and sophisticated young man Haemi brings home from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions grow.

Directed by Lee Chang-dong. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami.