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:

April 6, 2018 The Eagle Huntress  (2016, Mongolia/UK/USA, directed by Otto Bell, 87 min.)

This film tells the true story about the amazing achievements of 13-year old Aisholpan who lives in the rugged Altai mountain region of Mongolia where twelve generations of male ancestors have been distinguished eagle hunters. Her quest is to become the first female huntress and while elders in her Kazakh nomadic community frown even on the idea of a girl trying this feat, her father Nurgaiv fully supports his daughter and trains her to ultimately compete in the Golden Eagle Festival. Aisholpan’s endurance, willpower and belief that anything is possible, combined with breathtaking views of steppe scenery and eagles in flight (thanks to drones) as well as interactions among Aisholpan’s family and school friends give viewers a rare opportunity to be transported to a unique location where ancient tradition and modern life intersect. Narrated by Daisy Ridley. (#430)

Selenge Chadraabal, UCD Humphrey Fellow from Mongolia who spoke at UNA’s International Women’s Day program on March 11, will join us to provide a brief introduction to the film.

April 20, 2018  As It Is in Heaven  (Så som im himmelen) (2004, Sweden, directed by Kay Pollak, 133 min.)

Daniel Daréus (Michael Nyqvist), successful international conductor whose career is cut short by a heart attack returns to the village of his childhood in northern Sweden, buys the old elementary school he once attended, and plans to live a quiet, solitary life. The local pastor Stig (Niklas Falk) persuades him to work with the amateur church choir. Daniel uses techniques that are at first very strange to the villagers with the goal to “create music that will open a person’s heart,” but that gradually improve their musical quality. What is more, he reluctantly becomes drawn into the lives of the choir’s members and other villagers, eliciting passion for music as well as exposing character traits, both good and bad. As viewers we get involved in the trials and tribulations of Lena (Frida Hallgren), central to the story, of Gabriella (Helen Sjöholm) whose solo is a symbolic breakthrough, of Arne the businessman (Lennart Jähkel), of Inger, the pastor’s wife who finds her voice (Ingela Olsson), of Conny (Per Moberg) who bullied Daniel as a child, of Tore (André Sjöberg) who finds happiness and inclusion in the choir, of obese Holmfrid (Mikael Rahm) and others. The sense of community that develops results in the choir’s traveling to Vienna for a competition, with unexpected consequences. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Academy Awards. (#431)

May 4, 2018 Queen of Katwe (2016, USA, directed by Mira Nair, 124 min.)

Director Mira Nair who lives in Uganda, based this film on real events in the life of a ten-year old girl, Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), whose family struggles to survive in Katwe, a slum just outside Kampala. A chance meeting with Robert Katende (David Oyewolo), a missionary who teaches poor children chess changes Phiona’s world as she becomes a chess prodigy and with her intelligence lifts her family out of extreme poverty. A. O. Scott wrote in the New York Times: ”If there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true–life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don’t think I want to meet that person.” Phiona’s  mother, Nakku Harriet, is played by Lupita Nyong’o. (#432)

May 18, 2018 The Lunch Box (2013, India, directed by Ritesh Batra, 104 min.)

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a lonely housewife in an unhappy marriage, with Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a lonely widower about to retire from a long career as an accountant charged with training his successor, Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Through daily notes passed back and forth in the lunchbox Ila and Sajaan develop a friendship and find comfort in each other’s stories, confessions and fantasies for the future – though they never meet. (#433)


The International Film Series will take its customary break during June, July and August and will resume Sept. 7.