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Diversity Film Festival

The HCC Film Program has developed a number of film series to complement various productions and events this season. Films selected are subject to change; visit our website at for up-to-date information about our film festivals and programs. The HCC Film Program is also in partnership with the Columbia Film Society, presenting in Smith Theatre this season. All films are free to the public.

The theme for our diversity film festival in 2018 is "The Immigrant Experience." George Clack, spokesperson for the Howard County chapter of the Indivisible action team on immigration, will open the festival with a presentation about the subject on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00 in Monteabaro Recital Hall, and will host a Q&A following the movie, "A Better Life."

Monday, February 26, 2018 at noon (#5913) and 7 pm (#5914):
A Better Life (2011): A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. Directed by Chris Weitz, starring Demián Bichir, José Julián, and Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo. 1 hour 38 minutes.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at noon (#5922) and 7 pm (#5923):
Mississippi Masala (1991): An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi where the Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families disapprove. Directed by Mira Nair and starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth. 1 hour 58 minutes.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at noon (#6007) and 7 pm (#6009):
Before Night Falls (2000): Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. Directed by  Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, and Olatz López Garmendia. 2 hours 13 minutes.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at noon (#6000) and 7 pm (#6002):
Saving Face (2004): A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. Written and directed by Alice Wu, starring Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, and Lynn Chen. 1 hour 31 minutes.

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7 pm (#5916):
El Norte (1983): Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, starring Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, and Ernesto Gómez Cruz. 2 hours 21 minutes.

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