World Cinema Day Invites Area Students to View and Discuss International Film

Hundreds of high school students and teachers from around Wisconsin were invited to the Orpheum Theatre for UW-Madison’s 8th World Cinema Day on March 31, 2011.

Orpheum Theatre packed with Madison area high school students.
Orpheum Theatre packed with Wisconsin high school students.

World Cinema Day is held annually in conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival and invites high school students and teachers for the screening of a high-quality international film along with an introduction and discussion led by UW faculty and students.

This year’s movie, The Colors of the Mountain by Carlos César Arbeláez, is about childhood in a remote, mountainous region in Colombia. A panel discussion with UW-Madison Professor Hernando Rojas and graduate students Laissa Rodrigues and Beatriz Botero was held after the movie .

Beatriz Botero, UW-Madison graduate student, introduces the film.
Beatriz Botero, UW-Madison graduate student, introduces the film.

World Cinema Day is co-sponsored by Global Studies at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Film Festival, with support from the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium.

Participating Schools Included:
Logan High School
Verona Area High School
Lake Mills High School
Kewaskum High School
Whitewater High School
Madison East High School
Janesville Academy for International Studies
Wisconsin Heights High School
Work & Learn, Lapham
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School
Madison East High School
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Highland High School
Johnson Creek High School
Freedom High School
Sparta Area Independent Learning School (SAILS)

About World Cinema Day
World Cinema Day gives teachers an opportunity to discuss and integrate the screening into the classroom, and has offered films for high school students since 2004. Past screenings include:

–  2010 ›› Masquerades (Algeria)
–  2009 ›› Football Under Cover (Germany/Iran)
–  2008 ›› Fermat’s Room (Spain)
–  2007 ›› Of Love and Eggs (Indonesia)
–  2006 ›› Stolen Life (China)
–  2005 ›› Daughter of Keltoum (Tunisia)
– 2004 ›› Ticket to Jerusalem (Israel)