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World Film Series

The World Film Series is offered to the Wofford community in support of the College’s goals of developing intellectual curiosity and aesthetic sensitivity. Often these films are incorporated into course syllabi to enhance classroom learning and to increase cultural awareness. The Series is funded through the Wofford College Cultural Affairs Committee and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

The films will be shown in widescreen DVD. Students are admitted free to all showings. There is no charge for films in DVD. All films are in the original language, with English subtitles when appropriate. The films are presented in the Teaching Theater of the F.W. Olin Building (Olin 101). All films are shown Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on the dates indicated. Some films may not be appropriate for younger viewers. 

For more information regarding the World Film Series, email Patricia Nuriel at nurielpg@wofford.edu. 

Spring 2014 Schedule

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building

Director: Thierry Binisti
France/Israel/Canada, 2011; 100 mins.
In French, Arabic, and Hebrew (English subtitles)

 A Bottle in Gaza Sea 

“17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Naim. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.” 


My German Friend

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building

Director: Jeanine Meerapfel
Argentina/Germany, 2012; 100 mins.
In Spanish and German (English subtitles)

My German Friend

“Sulamit, the daughter of Jewish emigrants from Germany, is growing up in Buenos Aires in the 1950s. As a young girl Sulamit meets Friedrich, a young German boy, whose family lives across the street. They quickly become close. But political upheaval and forced separation continually interpret their growing love. It is only after a particularly long absence that Sulamit embarks on a search for Friedrich. She discovers if lasting love is truly possible.”


My Kingdom

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building

Director: Xiaosong Gao
China/Hong Kong, 2011; 108 mins.
In Mandarin (English subtitles)

My Kingdom 

“In the closing days of the 19th century, the Prince Regent of the crumbling Qing Dynasty orders the mass execution of the entire Meng clan. Before his beheading in a crowded Beijing marketplace, the Meng clan leader vows that his family will avenge this travesty of justice. Awaiting his death, a five-year-old Meng boy named Erkui bravely sings an aria. The power and purity of his voice touches the onlookers including opera star Master Yu Shengying and his seven-year-old pupil Guan Yilong. Deeply moved, Master Yu rescues the boy and the two orphans, Yilong and Erkui, become brothers.

Years later, Master Yu wins the coveted golden "Wu Sheng Tai Dou" (“The Mightiest Warrior”) plaque from the Prince Regent, but subsequently loses it in a duel with his archrival Master Yue Jiangtian. Banished from the stage upon his loss, Master Yu spends his time training Yilong and Erkui in Peking Opera and martial arts, perfecting their skills. When the boys grow into men, they set off for Shanghai to pursue revenge and reclaim the plaque from Master Yue.

Once they reach Shanghai, they quickly defeat Master Yue, reclaiming not only the plaque but also becoming the new masters of Yue’s opera troupe. Almost overnight, they become sensations of the Shanghai opera scene along with Master Yue’s protégé and former lover, the beautiful actress Xi Mulan. But soon, their collective pasts catch up with them and all three ends up in a complex web of love, lust, deceit and betrayal, ultimately ending in tragedy.”



Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building

Director: Anna Justice
Germany, 2011; 105 mins.
In German, English, Polish, Russian (English subtitles)


“Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944.

In a daring escape Tomsz a young Polish prisoner rescues his Jewish lover Hannah Silberstein. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died.

More than thirty years later in New York City, the happily married woman Hannah believes to have seen her Tomasz in an interview on TV. And she begins to search for him again.”