The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are proud to present Passport to World Cinema, a handpicked selection of the year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the monthly screenings will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. The ongoing partnership, now in its second year, encourages cinematic discussion and film education among local students and audiences via contemporary masterpieces.
About the film
A war hero turned sherrif is stationed in a small border town where he befriends a headstrong school teacher who has been outcast from the corrupt local society. Together, the two of them fight comformity and an evil village ruler in this one-of-a-kind, pitch black Kurdish comedy.
Director: Hiner Saleem
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Korkmaz Arslan, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan, Feyyaz Doman, Tarik Akreyi, Véronique Wüthrich
Country/Year: France, Germany, Iraq 2013
Run time: 100 minutes
Film Discussion led by Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.
Maurizio Giammarco received his M.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English from Temple University and has taught at the university for eighteen years. He has taught drama, acting, rehearsal and production, and writing at Rosemont College, where he was also the theater program director. He was previous a visiting professor at Haverford College, where he taught introductory and advanced courses in fiction writing, as well as classes in screenwriting, terrorism in international film, and food and society.
His articles, theater and film reviews have appeared in The Temple News, Reel Visions, City Weekly Paper, and The Journal of Modern Literature. He has been a judge for the Philadelphia Writers' Conference for the last seven years, in which he has evaluated manuscripts for the Playwriting and Screen/Scriptwriting, Novel, and Non-Fiction categories.
Maurizio has written and directed short films, both fiction and documentary, which have been shown at university festivals, as well as in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Italy, and Sicily.
General Admission: $5.00
PFS Members: FREE
UArts Current Students & Faculty: FREE
When & Where
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)’s mission is to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the Roxy theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.