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The Stories We Tell: A Global Cinematic Perspective
Shelly Isaacs

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This film series will explore the vast diversity of our world through the imagination and inspiration of filmmakers from other cultures. Illuminating the screen with compelling stories, indelible imagery and memorable performances, each film reveals both the cultural intimacies and the universalities of the human condition.
LECTURES:
1. Like Father Like Son – Japan -- When a successful businessman learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
2. The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner – Bulgaria -- After suffering amnesia, Alex, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, journeys across 5 countries in search of his true identity.
3. Shun Li and the Poet – Italy -- A contemporary study of globalism on a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, as seen through the friendship between a Chinese woman newly arrived to Italy and a fisherman who came from Yugoslavia many years ago.
4. Sheherezade Tell Me A Story – Egypt -- Just before the advent of the Arab Spring, a female talk show host in Cairo stirs up political controversy when she focuses her on-air discussions on feminism.
5. 12:08 East of Bucharest – Romania -- A satire in the best tradition of absurdist cinema. A small town local television station owner poses the question, after 16 years, was there or wasn’t there a revolution?
6. Barbara – Germany -- East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff, a young doctor, has been exiled to a small country pediatric hospital.  She must weigh her dedication to medicine and a new found relationship against her desire for escaping to the West.
7. Aftershock – China -- In this acclaimed epic that broke all box-office records in China, this epic story explores 30 years in the life of a family separated as a result of the 1776 Great Tangshan Earthquake.
8. My Afternoons With Margureritte - France -- An illiterate middle aged man, emotionally abused as a child, finds new meaning when he bonds with a much older, well-read woman.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available in theaters throughout South Florida.  He has enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 30 years, with an emphasis on film, TV and radio production.  Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies.  Since 2004, he has been the curator and host for the International Film Series at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

W185
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date: Mondays, January 12, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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