By Haley Dick
Gull Life Editor
The French American Cultural Exchange Tournées Festival is bringing contemporary French cinema to Salisbury University through the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.
French cinema serves as a guiding force for directors and producers across the globe, and it is an inspiration to artists of many variations.
The website www.filmsdefrance.com states, “For more than a century, France has been a major influence on cinema and continues to be one of the most important producers of film. The industry is heavily subsidized by the state and is supported by various initiatives that have been introduced by a succession of governments since the Second World War to promote diversity and counter the threats posed by television and Hollywood.”
While most Americans tend to stick to films produced through directors of the United States, there are organizations and venues across the country that host showings of French cinema, including the San Francisco Film Society, which had a listing of nine French films showing this past spring of 2016 at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. SU is among these venues this spring semester of 2017.
In total, six French films will be shown in Fulton room 111 at 7 pm, all of which are open to the public and free of admission.
The festival is sponsored by the Fulton School and Marteen Pereboom, dean of Fulton, as well as by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of the U.S., the French Cultural Fund, the Florence Gould Foundation, and many others.
Claire Kew with the Department of Modern Language and Intercultural Studies played an intricate role in facilitating the festival itself.
“Dr. Aurélie Van de Wiele and I were awarded the Tournées grant from the French Cultural Embassy. This grant allows us to obtain the rights to screen six French films on campus over the course of the semester. Dr. Van de Wiele and I knew from the start that we would each want to present a film during the film festival, and we sought other professors from various disciplines to present films related to their area of expertise,” Kew states.
Kulavuz-Onal shared her hope of what students will take away from the screenings. She was selected to introduce a film on behalf of the English department.
“I think this is not only about France or French cinema. I think that students should be exposed to foreign films all the time. I think from these screenings, students will especially take away new understandings on the relationships between language, culture, identity and belonging from immigrant experiences,” Dr. Kulavuz-Onal shares. “I hope that the screening will contribute to increased appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity in the world, in the United States, and in our immediate communities such as the SU campus.”
For the full schedule and more information on who will be announcing each film, visit SU’s News site or http://www.salisbury.edu/news/article.html?id=7133