The International Cinema Series (ICS) began in 2014 as a partnership between American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art to bring classic and contemporary art films from around the world to the AU community. Through screenings, filmmaker discussions, and unique introductions by critics and academics, the ICS film and discussion series encourages viewers to learn more about the featured films and the issues raised by the filmmaker.
Each year ICS partners chose a film theme related to a major issue of our time and each partner curates and hosts related films in their venue. The 2018 series, Films Across Borders: Stories of Women, highlighted international stories of, by, and about women as portrayed through dramatic features, documentaries and shorts. Through panel events and post-screening discussions, experts engaged with the audience to answer questions and further explore the issues. The 25+ ICS films were presented from October to December in partner venues around the city.
During Fall 2017, ICS presented Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration -- two dozen narrative films and documentaries that showcased inspiring stories of courage, hope and determination displayed by immigrants and refugees.
ICS partners chose Films Across Borders: Stories of Water for the focus of the 2019 film series which will be screened during the fall semester.