Rockford, Illinois

Foreign Language Film Appreciation Series

The Rock Valley College Modern Languages Department invites you to join us for the film series to be presented for the spring 2015 semester. These films have been carefully selected by our faculty for their cultural, political, and social content. Modern Languages faculty will lead an open discussion (in English) following each film screening. Questions regarding this series should be directed to Ms. Ventimiglia 815-921-3358 or Ms. Szterensus 815-921-3337.

All films will be shown at 6:00 p.m. in Woodward Technology Center (WTC), Room 117

The cost is just $2 per student for the entire series.

No (Chilean—in Spanish with English subtitles)

Friday, January 16 at 6:00pm

In 1988, pressured by his most powerful and generous foreign ally, the United States, Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum on his presidency. His 15-year regime had been characterized by its disregard for human rights, murders, imprisonments, exiles and "desaparecidos," the ones who just disappeared. A coalition of 16 political parties in opposition to the dictatorship approaches a brash young advertising executive, René Saavedra to spearhead their "NO" campaign. 

Volver (Spain—in Spanish with English subtitles)

Friday, February 13 at 6:00pm

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. A movie to celebrate women (in conjunction with Women's History Month)

Crude: The Real Price of Oil  (Ecuador—in Spanish with English subtitles)

Friday, March 20 at 6:00pm

The epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. In conjunction with Earth Day celebration. 

El viaje de Carol (Carol's journey) (Spanish—in Spanish with English subtitles)

Friday, April 10 at 6:00pm

Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is at once new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with Maruja, the village teacher, and a young local boy, Tomiche.