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The Reel World film series hosts monthly films on campus to raise awareness about other cultures and about global issues. Our intention is to encourage dialogue rather than to entertain.

All films are free and open to the public.

For disability accommodations contact Heather Brown at 360-650-7544.


Fall 2014
Foreign Letters
Radio Bikini
Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai'i

Winter 2015
Even the Rain
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Seeking Asian Female

Spring 2015
Women Without Men
Remote Control
When the Mountains Tremble

Fall 2015
Drunktown's Finest
The Sea Inside/Mar adentro
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants: Mission Impossible?

Winter 2016
La Pirogue
Joyless Street / Die Freudlose Gasse

Spring 2016
Live From UB
Sweet Dreams

Fall 2016
Still Life
Solar Mamas

Winter 2017
Hunting in Wartime
A Single Frame

Spring 2017
Fruitvale Station
Summer Wars


Reel World Film Series 2017-18

Oct. 4 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
The Lives of Others

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself drawn into their lives. Both a political thriller and deeply human drama, this film won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Sexuality/nudity.

Historical drama, 2006. 137 minutes. In German with English subtitles.[Trailer]

Nov. 1 | 6 p.m. | MH 138

An 11-year-old Chechen refugee living in Vienna finds his life thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes. Exploring themes of displacement, cross-cultural adaptation, and gender roles, Macondo is a compelling story of life on the margins.

Drama, 2014. 98 minutes. In Chechen and German with English subtitles. [Trailer]

Nov. 29 | 6 p.m. | Albatross - Cancelled
Jan. 17 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
The Eagle Huntress

Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan is determined to become the first female eagle hunter in her Kazakh family. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Mongolian steppe, this film follows her training regimen as she contends with harsh weather, difficult terrain, and opposition from the older generation in her traditional sport.

Documentary, 2016. 87 minutes. In English and Kazakh with English subtitles. [Trailer]

Feb. 7 | 6 p.m. | MH 138

Biologists-turned-filmmakers Melanie and Olivier cycle the North Shore of Quebec, Canada, to explore the complex relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in the region. Their encounters, both planned and spontaneous, include the surprising tale of an Innu man in search of his ancestors in Normandy, and the heart-wrenching story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis.

Documentary, 2014. 80 minutes. In French with English subtitles. [Trailer]

March 7 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
Gringo Trails

Is tourism destroying the world–or saving it? This film asks urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time and examines the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. Directed by Pegi Vail. Courtesy Icarus Films.

Documentary, 2013. 79 minutes. In English. [Trailer]

April 11 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
The Peace Agency

Lian Gogali and her 500 female students are a force to be reckoned with the conflict torn area of Poso, Indonesia. This film follows Lian’s remarkable journey from her village to New York City to create The Women’s School, an institution that transforms its all-female class into agents of peace and non-violence grassroots activism.

Documentary, 2016. 92 minutes. In English and Indonesian with English subtitles. [Trailer]

May 2 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
Bajirao Mastani

An epic historical drama full of action, romance, and intrigue, this film follows Bajirao, a general of the Maratha Empire, through love and war. This lavish production transports the viewer to 18th century India with stunning visuals, elaborate costumes, and beautiful cinematography.

Historical drama, 2015. 158 minutes. In Hindi with English subtitles. [Trailer]

May 30 | 6 p.m. | MH 138
Sugar Coated

Is sugar the new tobacco? As diabetes and obesity rates rise around the world, experts weigh in on the role of Big Sugar on our growing health crisis and predict an all too familiar battle between industry and science.

Documentary, 2015. 90 minutes. In English. [Trailer]

Additional Film Opportunities

Pickford Film Center

Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

Masters of Japanese Cinema

Page Updated 01.11.2018