The 2012 International Film Series at Lakeland kicks off on January 27 with the theme “Life, Death and the Moments in Between: Relationships Across the Globe.”
The screenings are free and open to the public and will run Fridays from January 27 through March 2 in room H-101 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the main campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.
The 7:30 p.m. screening will feature a guest speaker will elaborate on the country of origin for approximately 10 minutes before each film. Films are not rated and are intended for mature audiences only.
Featured films include:
January 27 “Bride and Prejudice” (2004)
This film is the Bollywood version of Jane Austen's classic romance "Pride and Prejudice."
The Indian village of Diaspora replaces Austin's England and Mrs. Bennett is now Mrs. Bakshi, searches for suitable husbands for her daughters. Her headstrong daughter, Lalita, meets an American hotel magnate, Will Darcy, but the two must struggle to overcome pride and prejudice to have a chance at a relationship. Guest speaker: Dr. Larry Neelham
February 3 “The Chorus” (2004)
Set in 1948 in a fortress of a school in France, professor Clement Mathieu sees an opportunity to bring some joy to the young students’ lives by establishing a chorus. His decision angers the headmaster so he must proceed in secret but the power of music. His generosity changes his students forever. Guest speaker: Rachel Nedlik
February 10 “A Touch of Spice” (2003)
This is a story about a young Greek boy named Fanis growing up in Istanbul, and whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a touch of spice to give them flavor. Fanis grow up to become an excellent cook, but when he returns home after 35 successful years, he realizes that he forgot to put a little spice into his own life. Guest speaker: Dr. Kyriakos Nalmpantis
February 24 “Children of Heaven” (1999)
Set in modern day Iran, eight-year-old Ali loses his younger sister Zahra's only pair of recently mended shoes. They are too scared to tell their father and can't afford to buy another pair. When they find them on a girl who needs them just as much, it's up to Ali to find a way to get his sister a new pair of shoes. This is a film about the lower rungs of society, where what you wear on your feet says much about your status. Guest speaker: Professor Sevin Gallo
March 2 “Nora’s Will” (2010)
When Jose's ex-wife dies right before Passover, he is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora's plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast. This leads Jose to re-examine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other. Guest speaker: Professor April Mason
For more information, call 440-525-7508.
Lakeland is located on Route 306 just south of the I-90 exit.