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Manhattanville to Host First International Film Festival

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Manhattanville College is proud to announce its first International Film Festival entitled "Confronting the Past." Featuring films that portray cultures from around the world, the Festival is a collaboration of many departments and programs, including Asian Studies, African Studies, Communication Studies, French, German, International Studies, Italian, and Spanish & Latin American Studies.

"We selected the films because all of them in one way or another deal with confronting an historical or cultural past," said Professor Binita Mehta, Chair, International Studies Department.

There will be two special screenings in the lineup. The first is the premiere of "From the River to River: The Story of Durga Puja," a documentary recently filmed in India by Professor Alkananda Mukerji of the Studio Art Department. The other is a series of short student films from Haiti's only film school, the Cine Institute, in Jacmel, Haiti.

"We hope that after watching the films and discussing them, students and guests will gain a deeper understanding of the histories and cultures that are represented in these films," Professor Mehta added.

The International Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of Sue Weil, Manhattanville College alumna, class of 2010, and a current student.

The Film Festival begins Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. and will run through Thursday, March 7, in Manhattanville's Berman Student Center Theater.

For complete schedule and film description please click here.