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McNeese hosts Brazillian film

McNeese hosts Brazillian film

Celebrating the second CultureFest Louisiana, Calcasieu Cinema International kicks off festivities with a free screening of the Brazilian film, "The Middle of the World," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Room 101 of Frasch Hall at McNeese State University.

This 2002 film has gained international attention for its exploration of the individual's basic survival, of family dynamics and of the individual as part of a larger culture. Referred to by one reviewer as "a road movie on bicycles," "The Middle of the World" is based on the real experiences of an unemployed man and his family, which travel over 2,000 miles on bikes to find a good job and the good life. TV Guide says "it both opens a window onto another culture and …speaks the universal language of teen angst." 

Dr. Steven Rainey, McNeese professor of geography, will lead the discussion for this film. Rainey is engaged in research regarding land management and the impact of hydroelectric dams in Brazil's western Amazon.
Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, will present the award-winning film in partnership with McNeese's Office of Diversity and Banners Cultural Series, the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Area Psychiatry, The Hearing Center, Common Ground/CultureFest Louisiana and Lake Charles Coca-Cola.

A donation by Dr. Carrie Chrisco, McNeese associate professor of mass communication, funded this event.

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