Filmmaker alum creates film fest for International Education Week

November 10, 2013

 Edamame was made by Nichole Post, a CU-Boulder graduate and staff member who this year created an International Education Week film series for campus.

This year’s International Education Week (IEW) celebration at CU-Boulder will include film viewings sponsored by the Office of International Education (OIE)

This was made possible by the work of Nichole Post, an IEW committee member and employee of OIE. Nichole is a CU-Boulder alumna, class of 2004. 

Nichole has spent the last eight years living in various locations abroad.  She attended the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines and earned a certificate in film making.

She wrote, produced, edited and directed a number of short films while abroad, one of which has been screened at the Bug Theatre in Denver and the Lancaster Film Festival in Pennsylvania (http://vimeo.com/77340083). Her collaboration with classmates from all over the world fosters her rich background in multicultural insights. 

As Nichole says, “I lived abroad for a number of years and developed a love for all things international: food, film, language, people. Being able to speak and relate to people from another culture in their native language is thrilling; it gives me a feeling of cracking a code. I get excited when I overhear a language I’m familiar with, especially being back in Boulder, where I feel removed from my international life.”

While teaching English in South Korea, Nichole worked on a video project for an English print magazine, Busan Haps, in which she won third place for a Video Tourism Contest by Kookje News in Busan. 

Since being back in the United States, Nichole has worked as an Administrative Assistant in OIE. She’s had the opportunity to use her videography skills creating videos for incoming international student orientation. The first of these videos is complete and has been very well received: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl_oI9zPPlA.

When the IEW committee met this Fall, Nichole was quick to suggest OIE feature film viewings for the CU community. While finding dozens of film possibilities for next week’s events, we were able to narrow it down to three films for this year’s celebration.

We also discovered other films being screened during the same week sponsored by other offices on campus. In upcoming years, we hope to have several other film screenings during future IEW celebrations.  

Nichole said, “I hope that by watching each film, viewers will be exposed to a new culture, a new concept, a new idea. Something they might think about a few days later.”

Monday, November 11, 2:30 pm
Wolf Law 206
Film:  Beijing Bicycle (Sponsored by OIE)

Beijing Bicycle revolves around a seventeen-year-old boy Guei (Cui) from the countryside who came to Beijing to seek work. He finds a job with a courier company, which assigns him a brand-new bicycle. After it is stolen one day, the stubborn Guei goes on a search for his missing bicycle. At the other end of the city, Jian (Li) is a schoolboy who buys Guei's stolen bicycle from a second-hand market. When Guei's search brings the two boys together, more than the ownership of the bicycle is brought into question. The film explores the theme of youth as well as several social issues, including class, youth delinquency, theft, and rural-urban socio-economic divisions and change.

Monday, November 11, 5 pm
Atlas 229
Film: Queer China (Sponsored by the GLBTQ Resource Center)

This film is a documentary about the struggle for visibility and acceptance for people of diverse gender and sexual identities.

Jack "Lingshuang-Takahashi" Mao, from Asian Languages and Civilization, will facilitate a discussion after the film.

Wednesday, November 13, 3:00 pm
Wolf Law 206
Film: The Dialogue (Sponsored by OIE)

The Dialogue is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, together the characters explore elements of meaningful dialogue and cultural identity. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of cult...ure shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves. Although the film is set in Hong Kong and China, the “lessons learned” about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and collaborative problem solving are applicable globally.

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 pm
Old Main Theatre
Film: Sincerely Ethiopia (Sponsored by the Cultural Events Board)

Sincerely Ethiopia is an exciting new documentary that showcases the lives of ordinary people in Ethiopia who are making a difference in the lives of others.  This showing includes special guest panel speakers.

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 pm
VAC 1B20
Film: Umrao Jaan (Sponsored by Hindi/Urdu instructors)

Based on the Urdu novel by Mirza Hadi Ruswa and starring Rekha. Set in mid-19th century India, Umrao Jaan is the story of a kidnapped young girl who is trained to be a courtesan in Lucknow (1981).

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
Humanities 1B80
Film: The Syrian Bride (Sponsored by Arabic Instructors in the Dept of Asian Languages and Civilizations)

A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late '60s. Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona (Clara Khoury) to marry Tallel (Derar Sliman), who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one -- given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it's unlikely she will ever be able to return. Hammed's oldest son, Hattem (Eyad Sheety), comes back from Russia, where he now lives with his wife, but his father still refuses to forgive him for leaving the land of his birth. FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, November 14, 2:00 pm
Wolf Law 307
Film: Girl Rising (Sponsored by OIE and CIEE)

10X10 is a global campaign to educate and empower girls. At the center of the
campaign is a feature film, Girl Rising. It’s by an Academy Award nominated director (Richard Robbins) and features performances from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, and others.

This important film tells the stories of nine remarkable girls from around the world who are striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits and demonstrating the extraordinary strength of the human spirit to overcome the odds. Yet it also carriesa powerful message: if we educate girls, we can change the future of some 66 million girls around the world who today only dream of going to school. Together, we can create powerful change. I hope you’ll join this movement with me.

For the complete IEW week schedule including the film series visit http://www.colorado.edu/oie/calendar-events/international-education-week-2013. For more information about the flim series contact Kim Kreutzer at kreutzer@colorado.edu or 303-492-2976.

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