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MCC International Film Series: Spring 2015

Titles, descriptions of all films shown in the MCC International Film Series

Dear White People

February 20 – Dear White People (United States). A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Stars Tyler James Williams. 108 mins. Dramady. English. Rated R.

Force Majeure

March 13 – Force Majeure (Sweden). A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. 118 mins. Dramady. Swedish. Rated R.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

April 10 – The Hundred-Foot Journey (India/UAE/US). When the chef proprietress of a Michelin-starred French restaurant in southern France gets wind of a culinary immigrant opening an Indian restaurant just 100 feet from her own, her protests escalate to all-out war between the two establishments. A celebration of triumph over exile as these two worlds collide as one young man tries to find the comfort of home in every pot. Stars Helen Mirren & Om Puri. 122 mins. Dramady. English/Hindi. Rated PG.

The House I Live In

May 8 – The House I Live In (Netherlands/UK/US). From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. 108 mins. Documentary. English. Not rated in the U.S.

Pride

May 29 – Pride (United Kingdom).  It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. The two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Stars Bill Nighy. 120 mins. Dramady. English/Welsh. Rated R.