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TRAVELING THE WORLD IN FILM, ONE LANGUAGE AT A TIME

Sung-Min Kim; courtesy The Diamondback

by Holly Cuozzo, The Diamondback 

For some, it takes 80 days to travel around the world. But for others, it takes just 70 minutes or less.

In Stamp Student Union’s Hoff Theater on Monday night, many of the 101 students and mentors from the 10 Language House clusters faced off in the program’s second annual Around the World Film Festival.

For four weeks, students directed, produced and starred in five- to seven-minute-long original films that focused on a cluster’s language and culture. Films had to be in a foreign language with English subtitles and follow a style characteristic of their targeted culture.

Students presented their movies to a crowd of about 300 and a panel of 12 judges, who critiqued the films on acting, cultural relevance, plot coherence and cinematography, said Phoenix Liu, Language House program director.

A horror film depicting an Italian girl’s trip to the U.S., produced by the Italian cluster, won first place, followed by the Arabic and Spanish clusters’ productions.

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Date of Publication: 
10/22/13