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Virtual Global Film Series

Fall 2020

This Fall, join the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), Center for Global & Area Studies (CGAS) and Library, Museums & Press for a special series featuring films from around the world. Watch short video introductions, view the films online via the Library's Kanopy subscription or DELCAT and join UD faculty for live discussions.


Questions? Contact go-global@udel.edu


Rafiki Official Trailor: youtube.com/watch?v=7M_-ucSaFpU


Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Nominated for two prizes at Cannes Film Festival. "A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority." - Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

While viewing the film, think about:

After seeing Rafiki, what’s your reaction to Kahiu’s “Afrobubblegum” concept?

What strategies does the film use to balance joy and difficulty?

What purpose is served by the subplot about the two fathers running for political office? What does this add to the film, in your view?

What did you notice about the film’s soundtrack?

What did you notice about visual effects such as camera angles, colors, etc?

Comment on the role or importance of any of the minor characters in this film.

How do you interpret the film’s ending?


Rafiki Official Trailor: youtube.com/watch?v=5N_XKFA1RLg


Santiago, Chile, 1973: Pedro Machuca is a poor boy of tribal descent, brought into an upper class private school during Chile's brief socialist era. Gonzalo, the well-to-do boy seated a row ahead, befriends Pedro against the bullying will of his classmates. In so doing, he discovers a raw, thrilling but wildly complicated world outside his own previously sheltered homelife. Pedro's fierce, attractive young neighbor Silvana by turns mocks Gonzalo's pampered background, only to fondly lead both boys in a number of kissing games. All around them, Chile drifts towards civil war.


The enormous rift between Gonzalo's comfortable household and Pedro's hard-scrabble life a few miles away in an illegal shantytown ultimately becomes impossible to bridge, once the bloody military coup of September 11, 1973 erupts. All three children suddenly face moral tests far beyond their young capacities.


Rafiki Official Trailor: youtube.com/watch?v=wSpIvrfUMac


In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self- taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions.


An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, Michael Rechtshaffen (The Los Angeles Times) calls this film "a richly crafted documentary that serves as an enlightening tribute to the filmmaker who masterfully tapped into the medium's wide-reaching socio-political potential."

Frequently Asked Questions

Each month, a CGAS area studies director will host a live film discussion about an international film. To participate, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Watch the introductory video.

  2. View the film via the Library's Kanopy subscription or via DELCAT (click the blue 'View now' link on the eVideo record) by logging in with your UD credentials.

  3. As you watch the film, consider the discussion questions provided by the faculty host.

  4. Attend a live post-film discussion and activity! 

The films are available to members of the UD community via the Library's eVideo collections. When you click the link to the films above, you will need to log in with your UD credentials. Films can be streamed on a variety of desktop browsers, systems and mobile devices. Check out the UD Library's website for instructions for viewing films via Kanopy on iOS devices.

Video Introductions and Films will have captioning available. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in the live event, please contact go-global@udel.edu in advance of the film discussion. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to address your needs.

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