College of DuPage's Virtual Global Flicks Film Festival kicks off Feb. 3
College of DuPage will host its first virtual Global Flicks series featuring online discussions of six award-winning films. Due to continued protocols brought about by COVID-19, movies will not be screened on campus. Participants will view the films at their own cost and then join a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter.
Discussions will be held at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 3 to March 10, via Zoom. Links to virtual discussions and suggestions on how to stream the films are on the Global Flicks webpage.
Now in its 25th year, Global Flicks is co-sponsored by the college's Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad program and the McAninch Arts Center.
Learn more about Global Flicks at www.atthemac.org/shows-events/global-flicks/.
• "Corpus Christi" (Poland) -- Feb. 3
Directed by Jan Komasa
Nominated for Best International Film Oscar, "Corpus Christi" follows the story of Daniel, a young man who experiences a spiritual transformation while incarcerated in a youth detention center. On work release to a remote village, he is mistaken for the town's new priest and his passion and charisma inspire the small parish. (115 min.)
• "Daughters of the Dust" (United States) -- Feb. 10
Directed by Julie Dash
Set in 1902, this film follows the story of a multigenerational family of former West African slaves who carried on many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. They struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a move to the mainland. (113 min.)
• "Otelo Burning" (Africa) -- Feb. 17
Directed by Sara Blecher
Set in South Africa in 1989, when the struggle against apartheid is at its peak, "Otelo Burning" tells the story of 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi, who discovers his talent as a surfer and is thrust into a glamorous world of money and women. After his brother is murdered, he is faced with the choice to stay a star or get revenge. (102 min.)
• "Woman at War" (France/Iceland/Ukraine) -- Feb. 24
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes when she receives permission to adopt a girl from Ukraine. (101 min.)
• "Icebox" (United States) -- March 3
Directed by Daniel Sawka
"Icebox" tells the story of Oscar, a 12-year-old Honduran boy forced to flee his home from gang violence. He seeks asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the rigid U.S. immigration system. (86 min.)
• "Honeyland" (North Macedonia) -- March 10
Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
"Honeyland" features the story of a daughter and her mother, the last female wild beekeepers living in North Macedonia, as they face challenges when a new nomadic family next door threatens their livelihood. (87 min.)