Foreign Film Series
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.
The Green Prince
Thursday, August 29th, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., BTS 104
Based on the best-selling memoir Son of Hamas THE GREEN PRINCE, exposes a world of betrayals, impossible choices, and deadly secrets amidst the chaos in the Middle East. Detailing an unprecedented and highly unconventional alliance between sworn enemies across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, this unpredictable documentary-thriller tells the extraordinary true story of Mosab Hassan Yousef – codenamed “The Green Prince” – the son of a top Hamas leader who shockingly emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, the Israeli Shin Bet agent who recruited Yousef and ultimately risked his own life and career to save him.
Director: Nadav Schirman
"It's a harrowing tale of intrigue and betrayal, but also one of a friendship that survives despite extraordinary circumstances.
– Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
"'The Green Prince' is an extraordinary achievement. It has all the suspense of a great espionage yarn, but it's also a powerful moral document that calls into question the tactics of terrorism."
– Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It takes a personal rather than a political perspective, exploring the ambiguities of truth and individual identity rather than the complexities of an ongoing historical calamity."
– Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"'The Green Prince' is a timely look at how one man broke the cycle of violence born of blind allegiance by seeking out the facts and coming up with his own solutions."
– Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
Like Stars on Earth
Thursday, October 10th, 7:30 p.m., BTS 104
Eight-year-old Ishaan’s world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Adults are more interested in things like homework and grades. And Ishaan just can’t seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to boarding school to “be disciplined.” New art teacher, Nikumbh, soon realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover why. With time, patience, and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.
Director: Amir Khan
Performers: Darsheel Safary, Amir Khan
"Bollywood's attempts at making socially relevant films usually end up preachy, but superstar-actor-turned-first-time-director Khan hits the bull's-eye with this minimalist story of a boy struggling with dyslexia."
– R. Paul Dhillon, Georgia Straight
"What uplifts the film is its very simplicity, sensitivity and its performances."
– Nikhat Kazmi, The Times of India
"Yes, this is a musical about overcoming dyslexia, but it's also about nurturing creativity and the pressure that the culture of success has put on children..."
– Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"An inspirational story that is as emotive as it is entertaining."
– Jaspreet Pandohar, BBC.com
They Shall Not Grow Old
Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., BTS 104
Marking the centenary of the First World War, internationally renowned director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) uses the voices of veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the frontline for a new generation. Footage has been colorized and transformed with modern production techniques to present never-before-seen detail.
Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future.
Director: Peter Jackson
"'They Shall Not Grow Old' shows that actually seeing something is different from knowing it intellectually, or even from imagining it. The effect of this is moving and profound."
– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"For whatever reason, 'They Shall Not Grow Old' has the effect of a window that has never before been thrown open so wide."
– Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
"As a work of ethical, empathetic exhumation, 'They Shall Not Grow Old' is a model."
– Chris Klimek, NPR
"'They Shall Not Grow Old' is stupendously humane, the polar opposite of propaganda."
– Charlotte O’Sullivan, London Evening Standard