CUMBERLAND — The 12th annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival will continue with a screening of Finland’s “Stupid Young Heart” Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 19 of the Continuing Education Building at Allegany College of Maryland, Willowbrook Road.
The 2018 movie is described as an “edgy, warm and raw drama” about suburban teenagers who unexpectedly have to deal with pregnancy while extreme right ideas begin to encroach on their multicultural neighborhood. Ultimately, Lenni must determine what fatherhood means to him, in this reflection of contemporary events against immigrant communities throughout Europe.
Sponsored by World Artists Experiences in partnership with ACM, the film is open to the public free of charge.
Audience members on Feb. 25 will see China’s “Cell Phone” (2003), which offers a cynical and wry social commentary on how technology affects people’s lives. The film follows a famous media executive and TV host whose extramarital affairs are accidentally exposed by his injudicious use of technology. He eventually learns that cellular communication cannot hide his lies and infidelity. In real life, numerous Chinese marriages ended after wives began checking their husband’s cell phones. An updated version was made in 2019.
Movies are being shown in five Maryland communities. Cumberland’s viewings will be each Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the same location.
Each of the international award-winning films was chosen by its country’s embassy to represent the spirit and art of filmmaking. Tickets are not required, but donations will be accepted by local WAE representatives each evening.
Screenings feature a short introduction, a post-viewing discussion and a sampling of a traditional food item. Films will be shown with English subtitles. Trailers of each film can be found on the internet. Films may contain material recommended for mature audiences.
Those attending on March 3 will view “Yomeddine” (“day of religious judgement”) from Egypt. Kimberly Katz from the department of history at Towson University will introduce the award-winning 2018 film written and directed by Abu Bakr Shawky.
“Run away from a leper as you would run away from a lion.” That phrase from the Hadith inscribes the narrative and theme. It follows the arduous and emotional journey of Beshay (Rady Gamal) and Obama (Ahmed Abdelhafiz) as they try to find their families and overcome the social stigma of leprosy. Their friendship helps them survive rejection, hunger, disappointment and death as they learn to embrace their identity and celebrate their independence.
The series will conclude on March 10 with “Habible & Ainun” from Indonesia, a make-up date.
Printed programs will include a more in-depth summary of the evening’s film, compiled by Greg Faller, a professor and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Towson University. A letter from Secretary of the State of Maryland John C. Wobensmith is also included.
World Artists Experiences is a nonprofit organization that works to build understanding between cultures using the arts and citizen diplomacy. It has been bringing international musicians and artists to this area since 2002, and films since 2008.
The International Film Festival is a statewide initiative in recognition of Maryland’s global reach and connections supported by the International Division of Maryland’s Office of Secretary of State.
The office fosters global awareness and increases the level and consistency of open dialogue and exchange between Maryland’s citizens and institutions and their international counterparts.
Among its responsibilities is the administration of the Maryland Sister States Program, which includes 21 partnerships in 18 countries.
For more information, call 301-784-5069, or email Denise Ware at email@example.com.