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10th Annual Bridges to the World Film Festival

10th Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival Features Five Foreign Films Over Five Weeks

World Artists Experiences and the International Division of Maryland’s Office of the Secretary of State invite the public to attend free screenings of five films in the 10th Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival.  The festival will run for five weeks beginning the week of February 5 and ending March 9 in five communities throughout Maryland.  In Salisbury, the festival will begin January 29 and end March 12.

A film from a different country will be shown each week.  The films were selected and provided by the respective embassies to represents their country’s spirit and art of film making. 

“The Gate of Dreams” from Paraguay will be shown the week of Feb. 5 - Feb. 9.  “Cherry Tobacco” from Estonia will be presented the week of Feb. 12 - Feb. 16.  “Captain Abu Raed” from Jordan will be featured the week of Feb. 19 - Feb. 23.  “Arts of the Monsoon” from Oman be viewed the week of Feb. 26 - March 2.  The fifth week, March 5 - March 9, will feature a film from Bulgaria to be announced.   

Each film will be introduced and followed by a discussion.  Some films will be shown with English subtitles.

In Cumberland, Md., the films will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 8 of the Continuing Education Building, Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Rd. SE, telephone: 301-784-5069.

In California, Md. the films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd., telephone: 301-737-2500, ext. 205.

In Annapolis, Md., the films will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Studio 39, 291 Locust Ave., telephone: 410-280-1501

In Towson, Md., the films will be shown at 7 p.m. on Fridays in Room, Von Bokkelen Hall Auditorium of Towson University, 8000 York Rd. telephone: 443-465-7291.

In Salisbury, Md., the films will be shown at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., telephone:  410-543-6271.  The Salisbury viewings will have a different schedule.  The films will begin Jan. 29 with Gates of Dreams followed by Cherry Tobacco on Feb. 5.  Captain Abu Raed will be on Feb. 19, Arts of the Monsoon on March 5, and the Bulgarian film on March 12.   

The complete schedule is at the World Artists Experiences website at www.WorldArtists.org

Tickets are not required for these free screenings; however seating is on a first-come basis.

The Bridges to the World International Film Festival is a statewide initiative in recognition of the State’s global reach and connections. 

World Artists Experiences is a non-profit organization which bridges international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in schools, colleges, and communities to foster respect, trust, hope, and peace in the world.  For more information contact Mrs. Betty McGinnis, WAE president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

The International Division for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State strives to foster global awareness and increase the level and consistency of open dialogue and exchange between Maryland's citizens and institutions and their international counterparts.  Among its responsibilities is the administration of the Maryland Sister States Program which includes active relationships with 16 countries.  For more information contact Ms. Mendy Nitsch, Director of International Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of State, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The film festival is held in partnership with Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Allegany College, Salisbury University, and Towson University.

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Contacts:

Beth Penn

Media Relations, World Artists Experiences

410-544-1742

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Betty McGinnis

President, World Artists Experiences

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As of Jan 19 – corrected copy

10th ANNUAL BRIDGES TO THE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL Weekly showing of films featuring a film from a foreign country each week.  Countries: Estonia, Paraguay, Jordan, South Africa, and another country to be determined

VENUES

February 5 – March 9

Mondays         Salisbury, MD, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., 7 p.m.

Tuesdays         Cumberland, MD, Continuing Education Building, Room 8, Allegany College of

                             Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays    California, MD, California Center for Higher Education, 44219 Airport Road,

                            6:30 p.m.

Thursdays        Annapolis, MD. Studio 39, 291 Locust Ave., telephone: 410-280-1501. 7 p.m.

Fridays            Towson, MD, Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, Towson University 8000 York Rd,

                           7:00 p.m.

Salisbury has different schedule than other sites. The films will begin Jan. 29 with Gates of Dreams followed by Cherry Tobacco on Feb. 5.  Captain Abu Raed will be on Feb. 19, Arts of the Monsoon on March 5, and the Bulgarian film on March 12.

Note:

The Bowie viewing has been cancelled for 2018. 

Venue for Annapolis is changed to Studio 39 and will be on Thursdays.  

Start time in California is 6:30 a.m.

FILMS

 

Week 1 (Feb. 5 – Feb. 9)

Paraguay:  The Gate of Dreams (El portón de los sueños) (1998)

A biography on the life of Augusto Roa Bastos (1017-2005), a Paraguayan novelist. As a teenager he fought in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, and he later worked as a journalist, screenwriter and professor.  Roa Bastos' life and writing were marked by experiences with dictatorial military regimes. In 1947 he was forced into exile in Argentina, and in 1976 he fled Buenos Aires for France.  Roa Bastos' fiercely tackled Paraguayan social and historical issues.  He incorporated Paraguayan myths and symbols into a Baroque style known as magical realism.

Genre:  Documentary.  Language: Spanish, with English subtitles

Week 2 (Feb. 12 – Feb. 16)

Estonia:  Cherry Tobacco (Kirsitubakas) (2014)

Cherry Tobacco is about a small-town girl, Laura, who is constantly bored. Her mother gets on her nerves, boys her age are stupid and everything anyone wants to do seems childish. One day she hikes to a bog led by a middle-aged nature-lover called Joosep.  At the beginning, the hike is tense between the reserved girl and the outgoing Joosep.  Laura discovers that as the hike continues she is enchanted by the Joosep’s rugged charms.  Laura has to decide whether a relationship with an older man is a mere step towards becoming a woman or whether it is her very first love.

Genre: Romance.  Language: Estonian, with English subtitles

Week 3 (Feb. 19 – Feb. 23)

Jordan:  Captain Abu Raed (2007)

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

Genre:  Drama.  Language:  Arabic, with English subtitles

Week 4 (Feb . 26 – Mar. 2)

Oman:  Arts of the Monsoon (2016)

Arts of the Monsoon sheds light on the little told story about Oman’s colonialism in East Africa and the corresponding impact on local cultures. The documentary shows the close cultural connections between Zanzibar and Oman through arts and traditions that are still evident today. The story, filmed on location in Oman and Zanzibar, is told by musicians, artists and cultural experts

Genre:  Documentary.  Language: English, Arabic, and Swahili with English subtitles

Week 5 (Mar. 5 – Mar. 9)

Bulgaria:  Film to be announced

Assorted other information for use as appropriate:

 

The Bridges to the World International Film Festival is a statewide initiative in recognition of the State’s global reach and connections. 

World Artists Experiences is a non-profit organization which bridges international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in schools, colleges, and communities to foster respect, trust, hope, and peace in the world.  For more information contact Mrs. Betty McGinnis, WAE president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

The International Division for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State strives to foster global awareness and increase the level and consistency of open dialogue and exchange between Maryland's citizens and institutions and their international counterparts.  Among its responsibilities is the administration of the Maryland Sister States Program which includes active relationships with 16 countries.  For more information contact Ms. Mendy Nitsch, Director of International Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of State, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Dates for Annapolis due to venue change:

February 8:      Paraguay:  The Gate of Dreams (El portón de los sueños) (1998)

February 15:    Estonia:  Cherry Tobacco (Kirsitubakas) (2014)

February 22:    Jordan:  Captain Abu Raed (2007)

March 1:          Oman:  Arts of the Monsoon (2016)

March 8:          Bulgaria:  Film to be announced

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