Fall 2016 Foreign and Independent Film Series


Sponsored by the Office of Student Life


Brookens Auditorium

The Foreign and Independent Film Series is a Student Life-sponsored series that hosts a variety of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films.. Attendance is FREE! If you have suggestions for future films for this series, please e-mail studentlife@uis.edu.

September 9 – Love & Mercy (2014), from USA, in English, 121 minutes, Rated PG-13

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian’s crippling subservience to the abuse psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up for oppression she cannot ignore.

October 28 – Radical Grace (2015), from US & Italy, in English, 86 minutes, Not Rated

Today, Pope Francis is changing the Vatican’s conservative tone. But for decades, US nuns have been bucking the Church hierarchy by living a gospel of love, social justice and inclusion. From confronting US bishops over the Affordable Care Act, to protesting for women’s equality at the Vatican, Radical Grace follows three sisters who transform American politics and the Catholic Church.

November 18 – Babette’s Gaestebud (1987), from Denmark, in Danish, 102 minutes, Rated G

In a remote 19th century village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later – their father is now deceased – they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on their 100th anniversary of their father’s birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone.

December 2 – Life and Debt (2001), from Jamaica, in English, 80 minutes, Not Rated

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the US and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.