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International Lens, a film series with a global perspective, uses film screenings as a forum to promote conversation among Vanderbilt’s diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. International Lens strives to transcend geographic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and political boundaries by facilitating conversation and greater cross-cultural understanding through cinema. The series is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of students and academic departments, centers, and programs.

Admission is FREE.

All films are open to the public. All films in Sarrett Cinema at 7:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted.

For parking maps and additional information visit www.vanderbilt.edu/internationallens or call 322-6400.

Distant
Thursday, Mar. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: Turkish Student Association

Turkey (2002) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Superlatives are warranted for this Turkish arthouse drama which is filled with a palpable sense of loss and yearning. Written, produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Ceylan, it’s the story of an unemployed young man from the countryside who comes to a wintry, present-day Istanbul in search of work on the ships. He stays with his divorced cousin, a successful yet cynical photographer, who’s soon irritated at having his solitary routine disrupted by the presence of his rural relative.

Turkish with English subtitles. Unrated. 110 mins. 

Departures
Saturday, Mar. 30 at 10 p.m.
Commons
Presented by: Global Perspectives Student Organization

Japan (2008) Dir: Yojiro Takita. An out-of-work cellist accepts a job as an undertaker in order to provide for himself and his young wife. Daigo answers a classified ad for a company called “Departures,” mistakenly assuming that he will be working for a travel agency. Upon discovering that he will be preparing the bodies of the recently deceased for their trip to the afterlife, he accepts the position as gatekeeper between life and death and gains a greater appreciation for life.

Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 131 mins. DVD.
Funding provided in part by Global Perspectives Student Organization