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 this series, we want our audience to explore the world through striking images and thought provoking content.

Our hope is that Foreign Focus will transport viewers to awe-inspiring places, introduce different traditions, and foster appreciation in the diversity of human interaction.

Special thanks to our series sponsors:

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


Mar 27

Corpus Christi

Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement” (Screen).

After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.

$12 ticket purchase gives you a one-time watch within a 72 hour period from purchase.  Need help streaming this film on your TV, check out our stream guide.


Join us on Monday April 13th online to talk about the Polish Oscar entry film Corpus Christi.  The link for the GoToMeeting will be posted here on Monday morning, just click and join us at 6pm!

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The talkback will be facilitated by our very own Anita Floyd, who is not only the Executive Director of the Columbia Film Society, but a Polish film buff!  Still haven't seen the film?  You have 3 days to do so, click the the ticket link above!

Apr 22

Les Misérables

Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, Les Misérables – directed by Ladj Ly – follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control.