International Film Series Coming in March

Four films - all free!

JANUARY 28, 2013 -- Allan Hancock College Community Education will present its free international film series in March.  Films are shown at the Santa Maria campus on four Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the Forum (C-40) and are presented by members of the Fine Arts faculty (no film showing March 22).  Registration is required.  You must be at least age 18 to attend.

The series examines film as an art form and emphasizes film appreciation – a study of historical context, dramatic issues, artistic and technical objectives, and narrative genre.  After viewing films, participants critically analyze all of these elements in order to develop a broad appreciation, insight, and understanding of visual media.

Films being shown are:

March 1      “Okuribito (Departures)”
Set in Tokyo, a disillusioned cellist winds up the protégé of an eccentric old man who specializes in the delicate and graceful ritual of preparing the departed for their afterlife. This film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and is ratedPG-13.

March 8      “Le Havre”
In this deadpan, political fairy tale, a young African refugee meets a kindly bohemian in the French city of Le Havre who stands up to officials pursuing the boy for deportation. It is described as a charming film that takes the viewer somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past.  The film received the International Federation of Film Critics prize for Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival.

March 15    “The Artist”
A charismatic, Hollywood silent picture screen idol risks sliding into obscurity if he refuses to embrace the new world of the "talkies" in this valentine to classic American cinema.  This film won an Academy Award for Best Picture and is rated PG-13.

March 29    “This is England”
A lonely, 12-year-old boy who loses his father in the Falklands War finds a dangerous new group of friends whose companionship – and even their violence – appeal to the boy’s hurt and rage.  A pre-screening lecture will examine skinhead culture, including its roots in the Jamaican ska and reggae scenes of the 1960s.  This film is rated MA (mature audiences).

All films are subtitled in English.  Some films contain violence, adult language, and mature themes.

Register online at for course number (CRN) 41842.  Click the Class Search link and select Older Adults [OLDR] in the course Subject area for class information.  Students can also register in person at Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus or at the door (space permitting).

For more information, refer to the spring 2013 Spectrum of Community Education classes, available at all campus locations, or call 922-6966 ext. 3209 (toll free in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties: 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3209).

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