Institute for Global Engagement

Reel World Film Series 2018-19


Oct. 10 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

Director/producer Lisette Marie Flanary documents the only all-male hula school in Hawai’i as they celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary and prepare for the largest hula competition in the world. Blending dance and culture with the men’s stories, the film examines male roles in Hawai’ian culture past and present through the sacred tradition of the hula. Documentary, 2008. 60 mn. In English. NR.

Nov. 7 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free

In the fictionalized rural village of Rajashthan, four women navigate their way through personal and cultural difficulties in a society plagued by age-old traditions and the practices of patriarchy, child marriage, dowry, marital rape and physical and mental abuse. Director Leena Yadav attempts to understand how it is that these women continue to live. Drama, 2015. 1h56mn. In Hindi with English subtitles. NR. *Warning: Contains potentially distressing content*

Nov. 28 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Human Flow

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Directed by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, and captured over the course of one year in 23 countries, Human Flow gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Documentary, 2017. 2h20mn. Multiple languages /English subtitles. PG-13.


Jan. 16 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Threads: The Art and Life of Surayia Rahman

An 86-year old Bangladeshi woman transforms a unique quiltwork tradition to create a better life for her family and for hundreds of other women. Over the span of three decades, Surayia Rahman’s story-telling art quietly finds its way to royalty, museums and private collections around the world. Documentary, 2014. 30mn. In English. NR.

Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-nègres)

A young boy comes of age in the harsh colonial environment of the sugarcane fields of Martinique in the 1930s, attempting to reconcile the value of his shanty-town roots with the educational opportunities that beckon him to the big city. Historical drama, 1983. 1h43mn. In French with English subtitles. PG.

March 6 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Zachary Richard Cajun Heart (toujours batailleur)

Renowned Cajun singer Zachary Richard is on a quest to understand why Acadian and Cajuns are a resilient people, tracing the journey of his own heritage in the Acadian regions of the Maritime provinces of Canada to discover the trials and tribulations of his ancestors. Zachary returns to Louisiana to explore what has been preserved from the Acadian heritage during the 250th anniversary celebrations of their arrival. *Director, Phil Comeau, will be present for the screening. Documentary, 2016. 1h20mn. In French with English subtitles. NR.


April 25| 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free

This experiential film follows the Dukha reindeer herders of Mongolia as they travel through the pristine wilderness to reach their summer encampment. The film preserves the lives of one of the few groups still migrating on this planet. *Director Sas Carey will be present for this screening. Documentary, 2015. 80mn. In Mongolian with English subtitles. NR.

May 1 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free

Two American soccer players follow the game’s call around the world, visiting twenty-five countries to play pick-up games wherever they find them, from a prison yard in Bolivia to a moonshiner’s camp in Kenya. Sport documentary, 2010. 1h35mn. Multiple languages/English subtitles. NR.

May 29 | 6 p.m. | MH 138 | Free
Albatross: The Midway Project

Enter the lives of the albatrosses of Midway Island, singing, dancing, and struggling with the destructive power of humans’ mass consumption. Less fact-finding than a spiritual experience for its creators, this film conveys the intensely vivid sensuality and emotion of sharing the lives of these magnificent creatures. Documentary, 2018. 1h37mn. In English. NR.

Additional Film Opportunities

Pickford Film Center

Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

Masters of Asian Cinema