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University to Host Tournées French Film Festival from March 30 to April 2

French film festival kicks off on Sunday, March 30, with program titled “Connecting through Storytelling” and featuring Academy Award winner “Amour”

BRISTOL, RI – FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and Roger Williams University present the second annual RWU Tournées French Film Festival from March 30 to April 2. The festival will showcase six new and important French feature films, including Academy Award winners “The Artist” and “Amour,” along with a selection of short films making a United States premiere.

Several films will premiere at RWU via a partnership between FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and uniFrance. All films will screen with English subtitles.

Festival screenings are free and open to the public; screenings will take place at the University Library’s Mary Tefft White Cultural Center and in the Global Heritage Hall building, Room G01.

This year’s festival theme is “Connecting through Storytelling,” illustrating the creative vision of contemporary French filmmakers who have sought to use film as a means to wrest us from the illusions provided by the narrative of global connectivity. Often focusing on protagonists who exist outside dominant culture, or who feel detached from it, these filmmakers have tried to illuminate the realities of social oppression, isolation and alienation, while simultaneously foregrounding the powerful human desire for acceptance, intimacy and belonging. Magali Boutiot, Mission Culturelle et Universitaire aux Etats-Unis Consulat de France à Boston, will open the festival with an introduction of the theme on Sunday, March 30.

The series opens with two films in collaboration with the Jewish Experience Film Series, part of an ongoing program at the University developed by the RWU Hillel and the Spiritual Life Office.

"Through film, the Jewish Experience Series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally – stories of joy and sorrow, faith, diasporas, rich culture, fear and hope –stories that must be told again and again," according to the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU Multifaith Chaplain.

Four days after the Tournées French Film Festival concludes, this semester’s international film programming will continue with the Roving Eye International Film Festival from April 6 to 13 on the RWU campus.

The second annual RWU Tournées French Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment; and in collaboration with the RWU Office of the Dean of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communications, the Department of Theatre, Hillel, the Spiritual Life Program, the RWU Film Production Club, and the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Program directors include Roberta Adams, Associate Dean of Humanities and Performing Arts; Jeffrey Martin, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts; and George T. Marshall, Executive Director of FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Technical support is provided by the RWU Film Production Club