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’s International Film Club explores international realities and global issues using films of the world and about the world. The group meets regularly to discuss a though-provoking film and the international topics, themes, and issues it raises. Subject-matter experts 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, are 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.

Have a recommendation for a film you’d like to see in the IFC lineup? Send us an email!

Upcoming Programs

All programs run from 7-8 p.m. Central Time on Zoom
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 – I Learn America (U.S./Immigration)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 – On Body and Soul (Hungary)
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 – The Disciple (India)
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – The Fisherman’s Diary (Cameroon)
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – La ley de Herodes (Mexico)

Past Programs

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – Pele (Brazil)
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – I Lost My Body (France)
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – A Silent Voice (Japan)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Shirkers (Singapore)
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Like Stars on Earth (India)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – The African Doctor (France/Congo)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – The Square (Egypt)

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – The Edge of Democracy (Brazil)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – Omar (Palestine)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – 303 (Germany)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 – Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten (Cambodia)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – Precious Knowledge (Mexico/U.S.)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – Machuca (Chile)
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – Queen (India)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – The Linguists, with Sadia Akhter Aurna
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – Happy As Lazzaro, with Silvia Giovanardi Byer
December 13, 2021 Chinese Take-Away, with Seungjoo Lee
November 22, 2021 Charlie’s Country, with Andrea Khan
November 8, 2021Newton, with Richa Joshi
September 28, 2021Take and Run, with KC FilmFest International
August 31, 2021The Last Mentsch, with the Midwest Holocaust Education Center
June 29, 2021Wadjda, with Shea Riggenbach and Mike Globan
July 27, 2021He Even Has Your Eyes, with Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi
May 25, 2021My Happy Family, with Kriss Avery
April 29, 2021 You Will Die At Twenty, with Tivoli Cinema at the Nelson-Atkins
March 30, 2021And Breathe Normally, with Joy Stevenson
February 23, 2021Aquarius, with Luciano Tosta
January 26, 2021The Breadwinner, with Evan Verploegh
December 15, 2020What Will People Say, with Andrea Khan
November 30, 2020One Man and His Cow, with Alliance Francaise de Kansas City
November 2, 2020The Insult, with Dr. Michael Makara
October 8, 2020Timbuktu, with Philip Lesniewski and Emily Hurley
August 25, 2020Parasite, with KU Professor, Dr. Joo Ok Kim
July 28, 2020 Da 5 Bloods with Screenwriter, Director Kevin Willmott
June 30, 2020Roma, with KU Professor Tamara Falicov

Using Zoom

This event will be hosted through the free online meeting platform, Zoom. This link will bring you directly to the download page for Zoom. After downloading, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its features.

Once you register for the event, you will receive an IRC email with the link to join the session. Simply click this link and grant permission for Zoom to open the link. You will then automatically join the event. You may access the room five minutes before the event is set to begin.

If you are interested in leading a discussion on an international film, please contact Evan at everploegh@irckc.org.