Showing independent and foreign films weekly on the Purdue campus. All screenings are subject to availability; we will make every effort to show the listed films as shown. We will update this list if/when changes need to be made.

The Fall 2016 Season runs September 2-December 16, 2016. All screenings but one for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive. Parking is available in the University Street parking garage, on the Purdue University campus. (Screening on September 9 will be in Forney Hall, G124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, parking in Northwestern Avenue garage.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

October 3, 2012 - "Pariah" (2011)

Pariah, 2011
Director: Dee Rees
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 86 min

Brooklyn teen Alike (Adepero Oduye) is a model child around her devoutly religious family, but she sheds the good-girl image to reveal a harder side during a nightclub excursion with butch pal Laura (Pernell Walker) in this coming-of-age tale of urban identity and sexual expression. With curfew looming and her parents none the wiser, Alike must catch the bus back home, where she faces the complex negotiation of her contradictory worlds. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual content and language
U.S. box office: $758,099

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (Farewell, 3.5 stars)Steven says: The main characters are played by successful film directors in their own right. They are the film. As often happens with "inspired by" movies, it is hard to separate fact from fiction, and film-making from history. So I don't try. This is a great perspective, and a subdued one, of how an unassuming French man helped set in motion the fall of the Soviet Union. The typical stories we see about espionage between U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. take a back seat to the more personal stories of those were involved. It also explores the question of lying and betrayal, within relationships and to country. It is a tangled web when one sets out to do right.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 26, 2012 - "Farewell" (2009)

Farewell, 2009
Director: Christian Carion
Origin: France
Language: French | English | Russian
Running time: 113 min

In this thinking man's spy thriller, KGB agent Sergei Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica) plans to hand over hard evidence that proves the depth of his agency's penetration of U.S. intelligence, in a one-man crusade to bring down the Soviet empire. French engineer Pierre Froment (Guillaume Canet) is drawn into this web of espionage against his will, but proves a surprisingly resourceful operative in the process. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (Kinyarwanda, 4.5 stars)
Steven says: Inspired by true stories and including first-time actors from Rwanda, this film aims to illustrate the complexities of human life within a specific time and place. There is more to the Rwandan genocide than Hutu vs. Tutsi. There was blossoming romance and soldiers worried about their families back home; the role of faith and how Rwandans nearly lost theirs during the 100 days of hell; the soldiers who risked their lives to shepherd Tutsis to safety while innocent children helped teach lessons about truth-telling and perception. The director showed restraint in depicting violence and nearly went overboard in his creation of powerful scenes of faith and forgiveness. I look forward to more of his films.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 19, 2012 - Kinyarwanda (2011)

Kinyarwanda, 2011
Director: Alrick Brown
Origin: USA | France
Languages: English | Kinyarwanda
Running time: 100 min.

In this first-ever dramatic feature produced by Rwandans, the events of the horrific 1994 genocide are personalized through six intertwined stories. As the violence rages, mosques become a haven for Rwandans of all affiliations seeking protection. Director and writer Alrick Brown seeks the gray areas in this dark period of history, finding all-too-human motivations and resilience in the face of unimaginable catastrophe. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (Certified Copy, 4 stars)
Steven says: One's perspective and personal experiences, I believe, lead to different interpretations of this film. Are they a couple? If not, what's going on? The answers are as numerous as the audience members. If you remove yourself from the mysterious plot, you still see a great performance by Juliette Binoche and great symbolism and direction from Abbas Kiarostami. Someone said this film reminded him of the Italian films of the 1960s and 1970s, from directors such as Fellini. If that's the case, even this original screenplay could really be a certified copy of the greats that came before. It's worth seeing, even if you are more confused at the end than when you started.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 12, 2012 - "Certified Copy" (2010)

Certified Copy, 2010
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Origin: France | Italy | Belgium
Languages: French | English | Italian
Running time: 106 min.

In Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's captivating meditation on art and love, British writer James Miller meets a beautiful gallery owner in Tuscany and begins -- or possibly continues -- a romance with her. (from

U.S. box office: $1,337,384

Watch the trailer on IMDB


Review of last week's film (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 3.5 stars)Steven says: I can't speak to the cultural meaning behind the film. It is a satire that only those familiar with Romania will fully comprehend. However, the story line is readily accessible and relatable. It centers on healthcare, or lack thereof, and how you navigate an overtaxed system with only an ambulance nurse to speak out for you. And when alcoholism is the one trait you always exhibit, how do you get said system to take your health complaints seriously? The length of the film and the pettiness that overtakes the concern for human life leaves you almost as exhausted as the ambulance crew; but it also makes you want to be more aware about the future of our own healthcare system.