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Free Film Club at the Clark to Survey “What in the World is Going On?”

For Immediate Release

February 03, 2010

The Cinema Salon Film Club will resume free screenings and discussion at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Friday, February 12, at 4 pm. The theme of this series featuring a different country or region in each session will be “What in the World is Going On?” Enjoy films on the Clark’s big screen with commentary and discussion led by Steve Satullo, film programmer for the Clark. Subsequent meetings will be held on February 26, March 12, March 26, and April 9, at 4 pm. There is no charge to join the club and film screenings are free.

Satullo, an independent film scholar who programs films at the Clark and writes the Cinema Salon blog, has selected representative feature films from Iran, China, and Africa, and will introduce them in the context of the directors’ careers and the nations’ film histories. The films of the first three sessions will be Offside (directed by Jafar Panahi, 2006, 92 min.) on February 12, The World (directed by Zhang Ke Jia, 2005, 143 min.) on February 26, and Moolaadé (directed by Ousmane Sembene, 2004, 124 min.) on March 12. For the remaining screenings, subjects will be determined by the club, with reference to areas prominent in international news.

The Cinema Salon Film Club is intended for interested viewers who approach film as a medium of engagement, who wish to grapple intellectually and emotionally with the serious art of film, and to find in world cinema a way of engaging with the world and extending one’s understanding and empathy for other cultures. Ideally the screenings will attract not just sophisticated film fans, but participants with particular interest or expertise in the region under discussion.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $15 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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