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It’s African Film Weekend!

hero_africaweek-720x240Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, is African Film Weekend.  The theme is Africa: The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures.  

Films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business.  The films will be presented by Dr. Frank Ukadike, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in the Program of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His research interests focus on African and Third World cinemas, specifically, the history, theory, and practices of African cinema through an interdisciplinary approach that is simultaneously geo-political, socio-economical, and ideological. He is the author of several books about African cinema including Black African Cinema; Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers; African Cinema: Narratives, Perspectives and Poetics; and the edited volume, Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse.

Fri., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Price of Love
Ethiopia, 2015, directed by Hermon Hailay
99 min.

A relationship grows between Teddy, a cab driver, and Fere, a sex worker in Addis Ababa. When Teddy’s cab is stolen in retribution by Fere’s pimp, he finds love is costly and must come to grips with his past.

Sat., Sept. 17

8–9:30 a.m.
Short Films
African Metropolis
South Africa, 2014, produced by Steven Markovits
92 min.

This series of short films from directors in six cosmopolitan centers (Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi) explore the complexities of modern urban life and new traditions in fictional storytelling.

9:45–11 a.m.
Ethiopia and Spain, 2015, directed by Miguel Llansó
68 min.

Gagano, a junk collector living in a post-apocalyptic era, sets off on a hero’s quest, when a spaceship that has been hovering over Earth shows shows signs of activity. A surreal and quirky sci-fi romance featuring spectacular Ethiopian landscapes.

11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Black November
Nigeria, 2012, directed by Jeta Amaka
95 min.

The members of a Niger Delta community wage a war against their corrupt government and an international oil corporation to save their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and frequent spills in this Nollywood/Hollywood drama with Vivica Fox, Anne Heche, and Wyclef Jean.

1–2 p.m.

2–3:30 p.m.
The Shore Break
South Africa, 2014, Ryley Grunenwald
90 min.

Documenting the Pondo people of South Africa’s Wild Coast, director Ryley Grunenwald tells the story of a family at odds over the importance of local ecology and the lure of modernization through mining.


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Power Outage August 5 – 6

A complete power outage on campus is scheduled from noon on Friday, August 5, through the morning of Saturday, August 6.  Therefore, the Global Studio will be closed on Friday, August 5.  In addition, many of the Studio’s online services will also be unavailable, e.g., online television, login for Spanish placement testing.  Please contact the Studio if you are unable to use services after Saturday, August 6.

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It’s Bastille Day!

Liberty Leading the People
What better day than Bastille Day (le 14 juillet, la fête nationale) to learn about the symbols and emblems of France?  Click on the picture or navigate to to find explanations (in French) about July 14, the French flag and national anthem, Marianne, the rooster, and the slogan Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

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Start Learning a New Language in January!

Join the uTalk Challenge!

Software can’t teach you to speak and understand a language, but it can certainly help you get started with essential vocabulary and practice listening and speaking.  uTalk is an iOS app available for a number of languages that is both useful and fun.  Only the most basic level, however, is free unless you join the uTalk challenge.

If you sign up at, you’ll receive on January 1, 2016, a code to unlock the uTalk Essentials level of the app in your chosen language completely free.  Eurotalk, the company that makes uTalk, will check in with you each week to see how you’re doing.  If you complete the Essesntials level by the end of January, you can receive another language for February and so on each month.

Note:  The uTalk app is only available on iOS.  However, if you don’t have an iOS device, send an email to so that an alternative can be worked out.

For more information, including a video of some competitors in the 2015 challenge, go to


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Bombings in Paris, Beirut, and Ankara: A Teach-In

Participate in one of these teach-ins to explore the causes and consequences of recent violent events.


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Tonight: French Mini-Series on TV5 (with English subtitles)

scene from Paris Tonight at 11 p.m., TV5 is beginning the broadcast of the French mini-series Paris with English subtitles.  Here is what The New York Times says about it:

“It’s a sad, sad, sad, sad city: A bus driver steals back his keys after being benched and holds his passengers hostage. A pregnant wife hides her husband’s gun in her bag, then loses it. A prosecutor with a gambling debt cracks a safe but leaves the money behind. And the prime minister’s son skips school to search for his mother — and, after being mugged, finds solace with a transgender nightclub chanteuse.

“And it’s not yet noon in “Paris,” a six-part French mini-series that traverses 24 hours as a dozen seemingly random residents dodge, dart and finally collide. Created by the writer Virginie Brac and the director Gilles Bannier of the labyrinthine crime drama “Spiral,” and starting Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 p.m. Eastern on TV5Monde, it’s a moody mashup of cool and grit featuring the César-winning actor Éric Caravaca, the Swiss model Julie Ordon and the French rapper Kool Shen; a score by the keyboardist Hervé Salters; and a graphic intro that soars through the innards of the Eiffel Tower. Oh — and subtitles.”

This is not the Paris of tourists but of people from all walks of life whose daily lives are spent there.  And the series is not something you’ll find on American TV.

The Global Studio distributes TV5 to all academic buildings via the University’s wired computer network.  Download the French playlist for VLC, open VLC with that playlist, and watch TV5.  You must be on an ethernet connection in an academic building.  You may watch TV5 on any of the Global Studio computers and on the large TVs in the Studio; ask the Studio Assistant to make TV5 available if it is not on one of the TV screens.  The Studio is open until midnight Sunday – Thursday.











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Have you seen Les Revenants?

What would happen if the dead came back to life and tried to rejoin their loved ones in their daily routines?  This is the question posed by the French supernatural drama Les Revenants (The Returned).  In a small mountain town dominated by a huge dam, people long dead begin to return to their families.  Both the undead and their loved ones are bewildered.  And strange things begin to happen:  there are random power outages, and the level of water in the reservoir mysteriously lowers to reveal buildings and animals long dead.

The first season was broadcast in French with subtitles on Sundance TV in the fall of 2013; the second season, which begins six months after the events of the first season, began on Sundance on October 31, 2015.  Although not available on the UR cable system, full episodes are available on the Sundance TV site and app (iOS and Android).  Beautifully made, this is television well worth watching.

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