22nd International Film Series – March 25 – May 20

World Refugee Awareness Month – June 3 and 10

The 22nd International Film Series features eight of the world’s top films—all shown in person—immediately followed by discussions with filmmakers, film subjects or expert speakers; two films will also be available for viewing online. From moments of upheaval to transformative experiences, the films delve into the complexities of human existence with depth, compassion, insight—and even humor. In these remarkable stories from around the globe, we invite you to immerse yourself in the narratives of individuals and groups confronting the unexpected twists and turns that life presents, helping us gain a deeper understanding of resilience, adaptation, and the universal truths that bind us.

We will once again observe World Refugee Awareness Month in June with two films that spotlight the resilience and courage of displaced individuals.Through these powerful stories, we honor the strength and determination of refugees worldwide, inviting audiences to deepen their understanding and empathy for those forced to leave behind everything they know in search of safety and a brighter future.

Monday, May 6 at 7:30PM: Áma Gloria (director Marie Amachoukeli), a major discovery of the Cannes Film Festival and a Sundance entry, depicts a bond between a six-year-old French girl and her Cape Verdean nanny. With Guest Speaker Alirio Pereira, Cape Verdean native and Chief Program Officer of the Massachusetts Association of Portuguese Speakers.

Monday, May 13 at 7:30PM: City of Wind (director Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir) is a coming-of-age drama about a 17-year old Mongolian shaman juggling his spiritual responsibilities while attending high school. With Guest Speaker MIT anthropologist Manduhai Buyandelger.

Monday, May 20, at 7:30PM: Closing Night Film Bonjour Switzerland (director Peter Luisi) was a huge hit in Switzerland with its side-splitting satirical premise: when French is declared the only national language, a crisis erupts among Swiss German and Italian speakers. With Guest Speaker Thomas Lienhard, President of the Swiss Society of Boston. The film is preceded by dinner to include French, Italian, and German cuisine.

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