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World Film Forum

World Film Forum Fall 2014

Come to the Lafayette Theater (600 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901) this fall and travel with the World Film Forum to far-off lands.

The World Film Forum presentations will be held free of charge. Doors open to the public for free popcorn and cash bar at 6:30. A brief introduction to each film will be given at 7 pm; presenters will lead audience discussion afterwards. Films are shown with English subtitles.

On the first three Tuesdays in November at the Lafayette Theater (600 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901), the World Film Forum will offer some fresh and fascinating perspectives on Russian, Greek, and French history in the twentieth century. This Fall's theme, with its emphasis on stories of the past that are rarely told and voices that sometimes go unheard, is inspired in part by a one-day conference taking place earlier in the Fall semester, "Teaching the Past: Dissenting Histories in the Classroom."

On November 4th, White Sun of the Desert (dir. Vladimir Motyl, 1970, 85 minutes) takes us to the shores of the Caspian sea. Prof. John Hope will introduce and lead discussion on this cult classic depicting the Red Army's re-conquest of central Asia in the Russian civil war. On November 11th, Prof. Madeleine Henry presents Z (dir. Costa-Gavras, 1969, 127 minutes), an Academy Award-winning political thriller made in Algeria and France during Greece's military dictatorship following the 1967 coup; Z fictionalizes events of 1963, when the progressive Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis (played by Yves Montand) was assassinated by right-wing extremists. La Rafle (dir. Rose Bosch, 2010, 115 minutes), presented by Prof. Allen Wood, will complete this year's World Film Forum on November 18. La Rafle was the first film to confront one of the most notorious examples of official complicity in the Nazi Occupation of France: the round up (la rafle) by members of the French police force of approximately 13,000 Jewish men, women and children, who were imprisoned in a Parisian velodrome on July 19, 1942, before being dispatched to concentration camps.

For more information, please email the WFF coordinator, Prof. Antonia Syson (asyson@purdue.edu).