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Several foreign language films will be presented throughout the next several weeks as part of this fall’s Foreign Film Series, compliments of Western’s department of English, Foreign Language and Journalism.

According to Dr. Karina Vasquez, who is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Western and the organizer of the event, the purpose of this program is to bring a better awareness and appreciation of other cultures.

“Being aware of other cultures is part of being aware of our own culture,” Vasquez said, ”It can contribute to more diversity.”

Of course, the foreign film series is open to all students at Western, and they are subtitled in English, so there is no need to be a foreign language major to take in one of the films.

“We have movies that are very well known in their respective countries, but also very well known in the American mainstream,” Vazquez said. She said, however, that many of the movies are not as commercial as many big American box office hits, largely because of the subject matter covered.

The Headless Woman, is an Argentinean film from 2008 that is set to be shown this Friday. The story begins as the main character runs into something with her car, and realizes she might have killed someone.

“The movie tries to emulate the classic American B films and it is a story about finality, and about social inequality,” Vasquez said.
On Oct. 20, Dr. Susan Hennessy presents the fifth movie in the lineup, a Frenchlanguage film from 2001 called Amélie.

“It’s a very unusually made movie in that it’s not a surreal or supernatural type of film, but there are some special effects that give it sort of a surreal quality, and that’s why I like it,” Hennessy said.

Hennessy said that the movie’s plot centers around a young woman who feels alone, and who doesn’t feel she quite fits into society, but who learns to be happy in her life through doing good deeds for others.

Dr. Jason Youngkeit will present the final film in the series on Nov. 17, which is entitled The Take. The Spanish language film from 2004 centers on the economic crisis in that gripped Argentina several years ago.

“It’s about a factory whose workers lose their jobs, and they band together to try and find some sort of solidarity and togetherness, and try to basically force the company’s owners to give them their jobs back,” Youngkeit said.

There are four additional films that remain to be shown as part of the series. All movies are presented at 6:30 pm on either Wednesday or Friday evenings, with the exception of one film, The Stoning of Soraya, which will be presented in Room 224 of Murphy Hall.

For a complete and detailed listing of the films and the entire schedule of the series, visit the blog of the Department of English Foreign Language and Journalism located at

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