TCC’s Diversity Film Festival returns

Tacoma Community College seeks to educate the community as well as students by developing empathy at Grand Cinema

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comApril 11, 2014 

TCC Diversity Film Festival

When: Sunday through April 27

Where: Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma

Tickets: $7.50 for matinees; $9.50 for evenings, $7.50 any showing for military and seniors, $2 for Tacoma Community College students


Now 4 years old, Tacoma Community College’s annual Diversity Film Festival returns to the Grand Cinema this weekend with six films from across the world that highlight a variety of issues.

The college uses the festival to enlighten its students and the community about contemporary issues with an emphasis on diversity, said one of the event’s organizers Scott Earle.

“The idea is that empathy grows when we are able to see the world through another person’s eyes,” said Earle, a TCC faculty member.

As in years past, the festival includes a mix of documentaries and feature films, both foreign and domestic:

“The Intouchables” (2011), 2 p.m. Sunday: After Philippe, a wealthy Parisian intellectual, is paralyzed in a paragliding accident, he hires Driss, a street tough from the projects, to be his caretaker. The two men form an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and British Film Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A reception follows the film.

“Purgatorio” (2013), 2 and 6:30 p.m. April 15: This documentary examines the worlds on both sides of the Mexican-American border. California-based director Rodrigo Reyes lets the characters and broken landscapes speak for themselves. Reyes was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

“Fort McCoy” (2011), 2 and 6:30 p.m. April 17: During World War II, 425,000 German soldiers were brought to the United States and put in prisoner of war camps. One of the camps was at Fort McCoy, Wis. Starring Eric Stoltz (“Mask”), this drama follows a family living next to and working in the Nazi POW camp. The film was the Best Feature winner at the Rhode Island, Savannah and Hollywood film festivals.

“Big Words” (2013), 2 and 6:30 p.m. April 22: In Brooklyn, on the night of Barack Obama’s 2008 election, three friends — once members of a promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30s — struggle with regret, disappointment and change. Writer-director Neil Drumming examines politics, culture and race — all backdrops to this story about the interplay between individual choice and larger socioeconomic forces.

“5 Broken Cameras” (2011), 2 and 6:30 p.m. April 24: This documentary is a first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a Palestinian village on the West Bank surrounded by Israeli settlements. The film was shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat and co-directed with Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. The film is organized around the destruction of Bernat’s cameras over a five-year period. The film has won numerous awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature.

“The Missing Picture” (2013), 2 p.m. April 27: Director Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities that Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. Panh was 11 years old when citizens were rounded up and sent to agricultural labor camps where torture and hunger were routine. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Festival sponsors include the TCC Foundation, TCC Student Life, The Grand Cinema and X Group Restaurants.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541

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