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.
Date/Location: TBATrailer IMDB 7.6 Stars
After learning that her family's beloved matriarch, Nai Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi returns to Changchun to find that her family has decided to keep the news from Nai Nai. While the family gathers under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, Billi rediscovers the country she left as a child, and is forever changed by her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, in this richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us—often in spite of ourselves.
Director: Lulu Wang
Performers: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo
"The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year." –Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
"Awkwafina finds her footing as a first-time leading lady, excelling with her emotionally nuanced and vibrant performance in a story about familial love and the gray area one cultivates from straddling different homelands." –Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The Nation
"This smart film deftly mixes comedy and tragedy and manages to be heartfelt without being cloying or sentimental." –Adam Graham, Detroit News
" Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she's going through - in large part because Awkwafina's performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment." –Richard Roper, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart and leaves you happy." –Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Watchers of the Sky
The global fight against mass ethnic killings—like those in Rwanda, Kosovo, and Sudan—started with a word: genocide. Coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who lost family in the Holocaust, the word turned the massacres into crimes and led to the prosecution of war criminals.
Watchers of the Sky traces Lemkin’s legacy through the modern efforts of four humanitarians, including Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power and Ben Ferencz, a chief prosecutor at Nuremberg who still lobbies for peace today. A powerful, multi-faceted documentary, Watchers is both a wake-up call to the prevalence of genocide and a moving testament to the people who dedicate their lives to fight against it.
Director: Edet Belzberg
"Watchers of the Sky takes on a vast subject - genocide over the past century - and manages to be not just coherent but poetically moving." –Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The sheer amount of information that Belzberg had to organize, and fit into a seamless whole, is awe-inspiring. The pace feels like an unstoppable river, the current of history, the continuum of atrocity that Lemkin and others sensed." –Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
"Tough to watch, but essential." –Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Edet Belzberg's sweeping survey of global genocide is an impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance." –Dennis Harvey, Variety
"An extraordinary documentary about a heroic peacemaker who coined the term "genocide" and fought to bring those responsible for mass killings to trial." –Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozaerks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what makes a home.
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Performers: Steven Yuen, Yeri Han, Youn Yuh-jung
"A rare film about assimilation that can be equally cherished by both poles of the American political landscape. And everybody in between.” –Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Minari is a story of the American Dream. But Chung's brilliance is in how he adds depth and complexity to those foundational ideas - it's in the spaces in between that we find love, loss, hope, and regret.” –Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
"A profound, detail-perfect and soulful slice of American family life, with some of the year's most sincere performances to date.F –Terri White, Empire Magazine
"There is such depth, truth, and warmth to all of these people... Every choice here is beautiful and perfect.” –Christy Lemire, NPR Los Angeles
"Weeks, maybe even months later, you'll still be thinking about it.” –Weniei Ma, News.com.au