About the International Film Club
The arts, and particularly film, have a special ability to transport us to other places, times, and realities and give us insight into the ways and the whys of the world. The International Relations Council is proud to introduce a new effort to explore international realities and global issues using films of the world and about the world. The IRC’s International Film Club will meet monthly to discuss an award-winning film and the international topics, themes, and issues it raises. Subject-matter experts will guide our experience, preparing us with questions and other context before viewing the film and leading the conversation during our monthly meeting. Films, with subtitles if needed, will be readily available on common streaming services. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning.
Those participating in the IRC's International Film Club will be asked to view the film prior to the June 30 program. Please note your reflections on the film and come willing to participate during the program.
The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
Articles on Roma
Special Dossier on Roma: Recuerda, Notes on Alfonso Curarón's Roma
Where to Watch
About the Moderator
Tamara Falicov is Associate Dean for Research in the Arts and Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She was awarded a Docking Young Faculty Fellowship for mid-career scholars at KU (2013-2016) and served as Chair of Film and Media Studies from 2009-2015. Dr. Falicov has previously served as a visiting Professor at the University of Medellin in 2010 and 2016. Professor Falicov’s specialty is the study of Latin American film industries and she is a significant contributor to the KU Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina, the result of which is the book The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film (London: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2007) which was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2008. Her book on Latin American film industries (British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan) is forthcoming (2018). Professor Falicov has written multiple essays on co-productions, the cultural politics of Programa Ibermedia, Cine en construccion (Films in Progress) and the importance of European film funds such as Hubert Bals Fund and World Cinema Fund which support Global South filmmakers. Two essays on film festival research have been published in anthologies for Wiley-Blackwell (Companion to Contemporary Latin American Film) and Routledge (Companion to Latin American Cinema). Professor Falicov is the co-editor of the book series Framing Film Festivals for Palgrave Macmillan with Marijke de Valck (University of Utrecht, Netherlands). In addition to her Fulbright award, she was the recipient of an NEH Summer Stipend and was funded by NEH to attend a Summer University Teacher’s Institute in São Paulo, Brazil.