International Lens

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 or call 322-6400.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: Directory Catherine Murphy; co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

USA, Cuba  (2011) Dir: Catherine Murphy. In 1961 Cuba, 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old, over half of them women. This story is explored through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.

Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 33 mins. DVD. 

Last Train Home
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by:  Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association

China  (2009) Dir: Fan Lixin. Every spring in China, 130 million workers return home for the New Year -€“ the world-€™s largest migration, an epic spectacle of a modern country tied to a rural past. The Zhangs have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades, visiting parents and, like many, the children they left behind for grueling factory jobs. These yearly reunions grow strained to the breaking point, as revealed in this intimate and starkly beautiful observation of one fractured family -€“ and the human cost of China-€™s economic miracle.

Mandarin with English subtitles. Unrated. 85 mins.

The Chorus
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 p.m.
The Commons
Presented by:  Global Perspectives Student Organization

France, Switzerland, and Germany  (2004) Dir: Christophe Barratier. Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu. Back in the late -€˜40s, little Pierre is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette. He attends a dreary boarding school presided over by strict headmaster Rachin. New teacher Mathieu brightens up the place and organizes a choir, leading to the discovery of Pierre-€™s musical talents.

French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 97 mins. DVD.
Funding provided in part by Global Perspectives Student Organization.


7th Annual Vanderbilt Student Film Festival
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

This competitive festival, sponsored by the Film Studies Program and the Office of the Dean of Students, showcases the best student media works in all genres (experimental, nonfiction, fiction) by Vanderbilt students. For information on submission deadlines and the schedule of film screenings visit Film Studies at