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International Group: Foreign Film Club

This semester I joined the Foreign Film Club created by GEF Hennessey Chism as a way to not only fulfill my international club requirement, but also as a way to expose myself to films from other countries that I may not have heard about otherwise. Before the first meeting I had already seen two other foreign films this semester (the Italian film Battle of Algiers and the Brazilian film City of God) through my Intro to Film and Media Studies class, so I was no stranger to films with subtitles. At the first meeting we watched the Brazilian film The Year My Parents Went on Vacation. It was a very interesting movie about a boy named Mauro in 1970s Brazil that goes to live with his grandfather when his parents are forced to hide from the strict Brazilian government. Sadly, Mauro’s grandfather dies as they are hurrying to drop Mauro off at his house, but they are in such a rush that Mauro does not realize what happened to his grandfather until after his parents are long gone. The movie was beautiful and I highly recommend watching it on your own. Foreign Film Club members consist mainly of other Global Engagement Fellows right now, but we hope to expand in the future. This club is a great way to connect with other people that share my love of movies as well as learn about styles of films outside of the United States.


  1. Brynna,
    I am so excited that this club took off and I’m so sad I wasn’t able to attend the first meeting! I’ve really looked forward to watching foreign films because I love movies and my roommate always tells me about the ones she has to watch for her Spanish class. Do you have any other suggestions for foreign films?

    • admin

      December 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment Alex and I hope you can come to the next meeting! I remember watching the French film Les Choristes in my high school French 1 class my freshman year. It was actually the first foreign film I remember watching and it sparked my interest in foreign films. I don’t remember a lot about the plot, but I still recommend looking into it!

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