The Foreign Film Series provides the Cedarville community an opportunity to view interesting and challenging films from around the world. The series allows viewers to peer into often unfamiliar cultures through the eyes of the cultures themselves.
Switzerland, et al/Documentary
Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. BTS 104
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Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to our generations most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.
Director: Mark Levinson
Particle Fever explores with awe-inspiring precision, and in remarkably accessible language, how 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world built what in effect is the ultimate test tube for particle physics.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
It plays out with all the suspense of a thriller.
Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
Even the most math-averse viewer will be on pins and needs to know the results.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
An adventure, a celebration, and a snapshot of investigation at its most essential and enthralling, Particle Fever is both intelligent and accessible.
Sarah Ward, FILMINK
Particle Fever effectively generates appreciation for the tenacity and vision of scientists and the power of dogged curiosity to determine an entire life's path.
José Teodoro, NOW Toronto
[The film] serves as a needed reminder of the excitement of science, a practice that need not be left exclusively to nerds.
Robert Horton, Seattle Weekly
A subatomic thriller that not only captures one of mankind's most significant breakthroughs, it makes physics and physicists look hip.
Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
Even if you can't explain the Standard Model or define "supersymmetry," you'll walk away with a conviction that you've vicariously participated in a historic event.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
All you really need to know about Particle Fever is that it includes footage of physicists rapping. About physics. Wearing giant Einstein masks.
Trey Graham, NPR
A funny, exhilarating, suspenseful documentary about the Large Hadron Collider, and how physics is more akin to philosophy and art than you may have imagined.
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. BTS 104
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This film pays tribute to the remarkable short life of "India's Daughter" (Jyoti) and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012. It also examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape with exclusive interviews and – perhaps most importantly – it tries to shed light on the patriarchal society and culture which not only seeds but may be said even to encourage violence against women.
Director: Leslee Udwin
Watch this film. Horrific that this can happen, uplifting that it will make a difference.
Alan Rickman, actor
Though it lasts only 63 minutes, this documentary's impact is devastating.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angelos Times
India's Daughter makes for grim, infuriating and sadly necessary viewing, its despair tinged with the faintest hope that the protestors' call for gender equality may yet be reignited.
Justin Chang, Variety
[A] disturbing, vivid documentary...
Diana Clarke, Village Voice
Revealing, painful look at women's, girls' rights in India.
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Leslee Udwin's documentary about the December 2012 crime is in many ways a hopeful portrait, focusing not just on the attack but on the ensuing protests and policy changes.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"India's Daughter" is a portrait of a place and time. And for all of its horrors, the movie has a positive message, too: Out of tragedy - and this case is just one of many - can come galvanizing change.
Rachel Saltz, New York Times
A searing documentary about the chauvinism and patriarchy which under girds one rape of a woman every 20 minutes in India.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. BTS 104
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Poland, 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18-year-old novice Anna meets her estranged aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naïve Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Tasked with this new identity, Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family home to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation.
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Nestled within its sins-of-the-elders narrative is a faintly charming cross-generational bonding picture, pairing a worldly cynic with a young girl taking her last gasp of secular air before giving her life to the Lord.
A. A. Dowd, AV Club
It's a mark of Polsky's ambition and canniness that he braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama.
Blake Howard, ZUE That Movie Show
Now that Paweł Pawlikowski's haunting Polish film has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, Ida is back in the conversation. Let yourself be enveloped by a modern cinema classic.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface.
Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
The film's moral complexity is laudable.
Dan Jardine, Cinemania
Trzebuchowska is certainly the film's other great asset: all the performances are great, but she is not even an actress, having been spotted by a producer in a cafe and hired almost on the spot. You'd never believe it.
Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today
The film tackles the complex issues of faith, hypocrisy and wartime accountability with nuance -- and it's drop-dead gorgeous.
Susan G. Cole, NOW Toronto
A film about history and identity that will long linger in the mind.
Eddie Cockrell, sbs.com.au
A sober tale of individual identity through family and religious faith and the working out of personal guilt.
Donald J. Levit, Reel Talk Movie Reviews