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 intorductions 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.
Now in it's fifth year, AUSOC has been joined by College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Media & Social Impact and Kogod School of Business to co-host selected ICS films on campus during the fall semester. In addition, the ICS partnership has expanded to include embassy cultural institutions, film arts organizations and related interested groups.
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. 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.
The 2018 series, Films Across Borders: Stories of Women, will highlight international stories of, by, and about women as portrayed through dramatic features, documentaries and shorts. Through panel events and post-screening discussions, experts will engage with the audience to answer questions and further explore the issues. The 25+ ICS films will be presented from October to December in partner venues around the city.
AU will announce its film selections in late summer and screen the US and foreign films during fall semester in AU's Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building.