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February 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Yeelen

February 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Yeelen Synopsis: This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, Yeelen is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood. Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen follows the journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo cult. Nianankoro's greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son. Traveling over the arid Bambara, Fulani and Dogan lands of ancient West Africa, Nianankoro eventually comes face to face with his father in a final fatal showdown. Cisse's extraordinary use of landscapes and light produces a unique and striking cinematic style. Yeelen was met with wide critical success and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Golden Palm award for the same year. It was nominated for Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards at the 4th annual Spirit Awards in 1989. It was ranked #94 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010. Free and available online at Kanopy https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/yeelen (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/200607771  

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March 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Gather

March 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Gather (2020, USA) Synopsis: GATHER follows the stories of natives on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people. Free and available online at Kanopy https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/gather (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfSGB-aSo6A  

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April 2021

Virtual International Film Club: About Elly

April 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: About Elly Synopsis: With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals (two married couples and a brother and sister, along with three young kids) decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Free and available online at https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/about-elly-0 (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdqMICWhxuA  

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October 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Nana

October 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Nana Synopsis: Live-in nannies Leidy, Fina and Clara leave their children in distant towns to be raised by relatives while they move away to the city to care for somebody else’s child. In a love chain, where mother figures are substituted and duplicated, bonds grow strong between kids and their nannies, and between the nannies’ children and the grandmothers or aunts who care for them. Is there just one way of defining motherly love? Going back and forth between urban and rural scenarios in Dominican Republic and Miami, ‘Nana’ goes deep into the conflicts faced by live-in nannies. Free and available online at https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/about-elly-0 (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkXUMoffZ28

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November 2021

Virtual International Film Club: The Women’s Balcony

November 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Women’s Balcony 1h 40 min | Drama/Comedy | 2016 (Israel, Hebrew) Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link Trailer:  trailer Synopsis: An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem's distinctive glow, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY is a warm, poignant portrait of a modern

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December 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Cold Sweat

December 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Next movie for our Virtual International Film Club will be Iranian film “Cold Sweat”.   We will have a special guest, a post-doctoral fellow, Sheida Dayani from the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies who selected the movie for us and will be moderating our discussion. Big THNAK YOU to Becky Parnian who helped organize this special session! We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion! Film title: Cold Sweat   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTNf6Ivyek Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/cold-sweat  (PUID required)   Synopsis: Afrooz is the captain of the Iranian National Futsal Team, a women’s indoor soccer team. A long-held dream to play the Asian Games final is shattered when Afrooz’ husband imposes a travel restriction on her. Furious, Afrooz stands up against the patriarchal Iranian system. But will she win this battle?   About the director: Soheil Beiraghi is an Iranian director, screenwriter and producer. "Me" (2016), "Cold Sweat" (2018) and "Unpopular" (2020) are the works of this young director. He started working in cinema as an assistant director in 2005 and after a decade of work as a programmer and assistant director in various films, he directed his first feature film called "Me" (2016). Beiraghi also has a background in theater directing and play writing.  

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January 2022

Virtual International Film Club: Boy

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Next movie for our Virtual International Film Club will be a comedy-drama from New Zealand “Boy”.  We hope you will enjoy the move and join us for a Zoom discussion this Friday. Film title: Boy   Trailer: https://youtu.be/ESD3mlgpSwM Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/boy (PUID required) Synopsis: Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang", and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago. Waititi adopts a fanciful deadpan tone that's part Wes Anderson and part Flight of the Conchords, complete with child-like animations and hilarious re-enactments of Michael Jackson music videos. It's one of the most creative comedies you'll see all year. Awards: Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival. About the director: Taika Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian. He is a recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has received two nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film.  Waititi's 2003 short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. He co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement, which was adapted into a television series of the same name (2019–present). The series has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. His most recent directing credits include the superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the black comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019), the latter of which he also wrote and starred in as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo Rabbit received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Waititi also earned a Grammy Award for producing the film's soundtrack.

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February 2022

Virtual International Film Club: The Farewell

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In celebration of the Lunar New Year this February, IEGAP and AS@P are cosponsoring the next Virtual International Film Club. The movie for February will be the American film, "The Farewell" by Lulu Wang. We hope you will enjoy watching it and that you will join us for a discussion on Friday, February 11, at noon. Film title: The Farewell Trailer: https://youtu.be/RofpAjqwMa8 Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/farewell-1 (PUID required) Synopsis: In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi's (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch--the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there's a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

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March 2022

Virtual International Film Club: East Side Sushi

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, IEGAP will be co-hosting next Virtual International Film Club with Women of Princeton Employee Resource Group (WERG). We will be watching “East Side Sushi", a film directed by Anthony Lucero.We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion on Friday, March 11, at noon. We are looking forward to seeing WERG members on Friday’s Zoom discussion. Film title: East Side Sushi Trailer: https://youtu.be/RofpAjqwMa8 Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/east-side-sushi (PUID required) Synopsis: Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. This critically acclaimed indie favorite was the winner of awards at 9 different film festivals, including Best Narrative Feature at SF Indie Fest.

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May 2022

Virtual International Film Club: Bicycle Thieves

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hello IEGAP friends, For our next Film Club discussion we selected an Italian classic, “Bicycle Thieves”, directed by Vittorio De Sica. We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion on Friday, May 20, at noon. We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom! Film title: BICYCLE THIEVES Join a discussion on Zoom Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax6eL_Rfv9g Available at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219410 (PUID required) Synopsis: Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, BICYCLE THIEVES embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty. About the director: Vittorio De Sica was an Italian film director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement. Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards: Sciuscià and Bicycle Thieves (honorary), while Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Il giardino dei Finzi Contini won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Indeed, the great critical success of Sciuscià (the first foreign film to be so recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Bicycle Thieves helped establish the permanent Best Foreign Film Award. These two films are considered part of the canon of classic cinema. Bicycle Thieves was cited by Turner Classic Movies as one of the 15 most influential films in cinema history.  

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