Can you say “free film”? Tacoma’s Sister Cities Film Festival is in the middle of its 2015 run, and thanks to the University of Puget Sound, it’s free.
Every Monday night at 7 p.m. the festival features a different film from one of the countries in which Tacoma has a sister city. The good news is, if you missed the first eight films, there are two more to come on Monday and April 6.
Screening Monday is “Must Be Love,” from the Philippines, where Tacoma’s sister city is Davao. Made in 2013, the film winds its way through a teen love triangle as tomboy Patricia falls in love with her childhood best friend, Ivan — who in turn falls in love with Patricia’s cousin Angel. The coming-of-age story is directed by Dado Lumibayo and stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Closing out the festival April 6 is “Born to Win,” shot almost completely on location in the sister city of George, South Africa. Based on a true story, it follows Leon Terblanche as he questions the existence of God through hurt and suffering, only to find strength and triumph through faith. Directed by Frans Kronjé, the film stars Greg Kriek as Terblanche. It was filmed along George’s scenic Garden Route, with lush green hillsides and coastlines.
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Previously hosted by the Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District, the Sister Cities Film Festival was moved this year to UPS, where films screen for free in the Rasmussen Rotunda (just next to the Wheelock Student Center at the corner of North 15th and Lawrence streets). It’s not the most comfortable place to watch a movie, but you can’t argue with free. Films are preceded by a free cultural program presented by members of the Sister Cities Committee, which is a program of the city of Tacoma linking the city with 12 others around the world.