For release: March 3, 2009
For press information, contact Kyndra Outlaw, 901-678-4994
Films from France, Brazil, and Afghanistan will be showcased during the Foreign Film
Festival sponsored March 17-19 by the U of M’s Student Activities Council. The movies
will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Psychology Auditorium. Admission is free and open to
This year’s slate includes:
March 17,The Dinner Game ¬– A wealthy editor and his friends have a competition: every Wednesday, each of
them invites the dumbest person he can find to a dinner party. After the dinner, the
friends make fun of the guests and select the one who has made the biggest fool of
himself that evening. The tables are turned, however, when the editor injures his
back and can’t attend a dinner, forcing him to spend the entire evening with the clumsy,
dimwitted man he had invited.
March 18, City of God – This film is based on a true story that takes place in the slums of Rio De Janeiro
in the 1960s. Two boys growing up in the neighborhood take different paths in life.
One becomes a drug dealer, while the other becomes a successful photographer, overcoming
the crushing poverty and violence that surround him.
March 19, Osama – During the reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan, women are forbidden to work or
to walk on the streets without the company of a man. A 12-year-old girl, Osama, cuts
her hair and dresses like a boy in order to get a job to support her widowed mother
and grandmother. There are no men in Osama’s family, because her father and brother
were killed in previous Afghan wars, and the family has no other means of survival.
Convenient parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive or in the
Central Avenue parking lot.
For more information, contact Kyndra Outlaw with the Student Activities Council at