Showing independent and foreign films weekly on the Purdue campus. All screenings are subject to availability; we will make every effort to show the listed films as shown. We will update this list if/when changes need to be made.

The Summer 2014 Season runs May 21-August 13, 2014. All screenings for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the University Street parking garage.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 13, 2014 - "Fill the Void" (2012)

Fill the Void, 2012
Director: Rama Burshtein
Origin: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Running time: 90 min

Eighteen-year-old Shira is thrilled that the marriage arranged for her within her Orthodox Jewish community is with a boy she likes. But when her sister dies in childbirth, Shira's hopes for her future are thrown into turmoil by her grieving mother. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
U.S. box office: $1,774,639
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("The Past", 4 stars)
Steven says: Asghar Farhadi has mastered films that tell realistic and deliberate stories. He understands that life is complicated, and none of his characters in "The Past" is spared chaos or mistrust. He does a wonderful job of incorporating the set into the story line, reflecting emotions and realities among inanimate objects. I can't wait to see what he does next.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 6, 2014 - "The Past" (2013)

The Past, 2013
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Origin: France | Italy
Languages: French | Persian
Running time: 130 min

When Iranian Ahmad returns to France after a four-year separation from his French wife, Marie, he discovers that she now has a boyfriend -- and that behind her difficult relationship with their daughter lies a secret from the past. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
U.S. box office: $1,330,596
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Mother of George", 4 stars)
Steven says: This is a a very visually appealing film backed by a script full of hard choices and consequences. A Nigerian immigrant family finds deceit and discord as they try to mesh their culture with American culture and medical system.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 30, 2014 - "Mother of George" (2013)

Mother of George, 2013
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Origin: Nigeria | USA
Languages: English | Yoruba
Running time: 107 min

Nigerian-Americans Ayodele and Adenike marry and perform a traditional ceremony in which Adenike confirms the name of the son she will one day bear. But the stress of adjusting to life in America and the pressure to conceive soon take their toll. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexuality, some language and a disturbing image
U.S. box office: $145,400
Watch the trailer on IMDB .


Review of last week's film (The Patience Stone, 4 stars)
Steven says: The premise is simple, but the stories we hear are anything but. In a war-torn country, a woman takes care of her comatose husband. While doing so, she eventually tells him how she really feels about their life, she confides secrets, and she shares dalliances. It is yet another reminder of the societal role of women in other cultures.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 23, 2014 - "The Patience Stone" (2013)

The Patience Stone, 2013
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Origin: Afghanistan | France | Germany | UK
Language: Persian
Running time: 102 min

Atiq Rahimi adapts his award-winning novel into an arresting allegorical tale about the trials of a modern-day Muslim woman living in an unspecified Middle Eastern nation, whose very existence is awash in conflict. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual content, some violence and language
U.S. box office: $148,408
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July 16, 2014 - "War Witch" (2014)

War Witch, 2012
Director: Kim Nguyen
Origin: Canada
Languages: French | Lingala
Running time: 90 min

In sub-Saharan Africa, 12-year-old Komona is kidnapped by rebel soldiers who force her to kill her parents and join their ranks. Over the next two years, Komona clings to life despite her horrific experiences and tries to pacify her parents' ghosts. (from

U.S. box office: $37,902
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("The Rocket", 3 stars)
Steven says: So many political and social issues are combined to formulate the plot of this otherwise simple story film. It entertains, and it provides some interesting insights into life in Laos. Watch it with that in mind.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 9, 2014 - "The Rocket" (2013)

The Rocket, 2013
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Origin: Australia | Thailand | Laos
Language: Lao
Running time: 96 min

Determined to disprove the common belief that he brings bad luck to everyone around him, outcast Laotian boy Ahlo builds a giant rocket with the intention of participating in the lucrative but dangerous competition at a rocket festival. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film (Wadjda, 4 stars)
Steven says: "Wadjda" is a straightforward story that forces viewers to examine the place of women in Saudi Arabian culture. With the education system as a backdrop, the title character confronts societal expectations and rules with her own outlook on life and what is means to be happy.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

July 2, 2014 - "Wadjda" (2012)

Wadjda, 2012
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Origin: Saudi Arabia | Germany
Language: Arabic
Running time: 98 min

Persistent 10-year-old Wadjda would like nothing more than a new bicycle so she can beat her friend (a boy) in a race. But it's going to take some ingenuity to get one -- especially in her culture, which sees bikes as a threat to a girl's virtue. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking   
U.S. box office: $1,347,578

Watch the video on IMDB.