International Film Series

International Film Series

I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.

There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help raise funds for UNA’s Adopt-a-Future campaign in cooperation with UNHCR to build classrooms in refugee camps in Kenya.

Please check the calendar for upcoming films.

In case you missed our movie night, or you have some suggestions for good movies, you can view a list of all movies we have shown so far: UNA IH Int films 1997 through Nov. 2017

Upcoming Film Information:

January 18, 2019 – Kleine Ziege, sturer Bock  (2015, Germany, directed by Johannes Fabrick, 95 minutes)

Jakob is an Elvis impersonator who performs in retirement homes. When he is reunited with his daughter, Mai, his life changes profoundly. They find themselves on a roadtrip across Europe to deliver a sheep to Norway. A heartwarming coming-of-age tale that’s a little woolly around the edges!


February 1, 2019 – White Sun (Seto Surya) (2016, Nepal, directed by Deepak Rauniyar, 89 min.)

The death of village chairman Chitra and the need to follow end-of-life protocol according to tradition
provides the story line for this film. The conflict between Suraj (Rabindra Singh Baniya), the monarchist son who remained in the village, and Chandra (Dahayang Rai), the son who fought against the Nepalese monarchy with the Maoist rebels during the decade-long civil war, flares up as they carry their father’s body down a steep hillside for cremation at the river. Additional conflict is created by Durga (Asha Magrati) who was married to Chandra and needs his signature to provide a birth certificate for her (but not his) daughter, Pooja (Sumi Malla), in order for her to get an education. Pooja is jealous of the street boy Badri (Amrit Pariyar) who arrives with Chandra and claims to be his son; eventually these two young children (natural actors) band together and show more maturity than the adults who cannot let go of the lingering disputes of the war. A rare insight into cultural traditions, caste restrictions, intergenerational friction and stark living conditions in a place rarely seen in movies. (#441)


February 15, 2019 – The Midwife (Sage Femme) (2017, France, directed by Martin Provost, 117 min.)

Midwife Claire Breton (Catherine Frot) loves her work and is very good at it, but feels threatened by the imminent closure of the maternity hospital and the transition to a modern, technically superb hospital that will lack the personal touch. In the midst of deciding whether to go along or to quit, Béatrice Sobolevski (Catherine Deneuve), Claire’s late father’s former mistress, appears after a 30-year absence and further disturbs her peace of mind. Béatrice, a free spirit, and Claire, tightly organized, are opposites in almost every way. Claire feels great resentment for what Béatrice did in the past, but when she finds out that Béatrice is dying of a brain tumor and has no family, Claire slowly mellows and follows her nurturing nature to take care of the situation. Gradually we watch both women, initially so incompatible, taking on more of the other’s traits, helped somewhat by neighbor Paul Baron (Olivier Gourmet) who adores Claire. An unusual feature of the film is that Catherine Frot studied to be a midwife and actually delivered the five babies we see coming into the world. For technical reasons, those scenes were filmed in Belgium. (#442)


March 1, 2019 – The Insult (2017, Lebanon/ France/Cyprus/Belgium, directed by Ziad Doueiri, 113 min.)

In modern day Beirut, an insult (based on a real experience by the director) is blown out of proportion to the point that it becomes a major court case. Tony Hanna (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian mechanic, insults Yasser Abdallah Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee who is the construction foreman on a city work crew. It revolves around a broken pipe. Despite pleading by his young, pregnant wife Sherine (Rita Hayek), Tony refuses to take back the insult and Yasser cannot bring himself to apologize for hitting Tony. The incident becomes a national drama as two court cases with Wajdi Wehbe Camille Salameh) as the experienced lawyer defending Tony and his daughter Nadine Wehbe (Diamand Bou Abboud) representing a younger generation present arguments and historical facts and images that give background to the deep division that has pervaded Lebanese society and all of the region since the civil war, recognizing that both Yasser and Tony are victims of their people’s history. Yet there is hope at the end, with a sense that it is time to move on and to acknowledge each other’s humanity. (#443)