Published: March 27, 2008
The University of Tampa’s International Film Festival will take place
March 31 to April 3, offering a powerful lineup of films representing
three different regions of the world.
The second annual
event, coordinated by UT’s International Programs Office, will include
screenings of three films in the Vaughn Center’s Reeves Theater. The
films are selected from a list of 15 that are a part of the Human
Rights Watch International Film Festival.
“Film is a
universal language and students can pick up a lot from these stories
and maybe influence public policy and opinion,” said Brooke Pawlak,
coordinator of International Programs. “It’s another way for us to add
an international element to the UT experience. We hope that it will
stimulate discussion among the UT student body.”
Light / Black Rain” features interviews with 14 survivors of the U.S.
atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some of whom have never
spoken publicly before, as well as four Americans intimately involved
in the bombings. The film will be screened on Monday, March 31, at 6
p.m. and Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m.
Sundance Film Festival
winner, “Enemies of Happiness” is about Malalai Joya, who became one of
Afghanistan’s most famous and infamous women in 2003 when she
challenged the power of warlords in the country’s new government. Two
years later, the 28-year-old ran in her country’s first democratic
parliamentary election in more than 30 years. A survivor of repeated
assassination attempts, she campaigned surrounded by armed guards. The
film will be shown Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 3,
at 8 p.m.
“A Lesson of Belarusian” follows the story of Franek Viacorka, who
studies at an elite school established by his father to promote the
Belarusian language. The school has been banned and operating
underground since 2003, a victim of anti-democratic rule. Franek and
his classmates express their critical attitude to the government by
issuing an underground newspaper, recording music with activist lyrics,
organizing an opposition concert and participating in a mass
demonstration in Minsk’s main square. The film will be screened Monday,
March 31, at 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m.