NPR Illinois Foreign and Independent Film Series

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Fall 2019 Schedule


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

September 20 – Under the Same Moon (2007), from Mexico, in Spanish, 106 minutes, Rated PG-13   ECCE Speaker Series Event

Co-sponsored with Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Month

Under the Same Moon tells parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos who lives in Mexico with his grandmother & his mother who is trying to earn money to provide a better life for her son by living and working in the US. They both embark on journeys in an attempt to reunite with one another & find challenges and obstacles along the way.

October 4 – What We Do in the Shadows (2014), from US, in English, 86 minutes, Rated R

Viago, Deacon and Vladislay are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

November 15 – Whale Rider (2002), from New Zealand, in English & Maori, 141 minutes, Rated PG-13

Co-sponsored with the International Student Services Office

A contemporary story of love, rejection, and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

December 6 – Temple Grandin (2010), from US, 107 minutes, Rated PG

Co-sponsored with the Office of Disability Services

The story of Temple Grandin, a woman who refused to let her disorder limit her true potential. Adapted from her own writings, the film allows the audience to experience the world like she does while recounting her colorful life & remarkable achievements from childhood to adulthood.