UPC showcases movies for diverse community
Posted on Jun 26, 2012 in News
On June 21, the UPC Films and Novelties and the InterCulture Committee joined together to show “In The Land of Blood and Honey,” a 2011 film written and directed by Angelina Jolie
Films and Novelties bring a slew of entertainment to UAB. From comedians and magicians to their film series and dance parties, they do it all. As part of the Films and Novelties film series, they teamed up with the InterCulture Committee to show arguably one of the best foreign language films of 2011.
“This month, the InterCulture Committee and Films and Novelties decided to do a collaborative event and show a film with cultural aspects because of UAB’s diverse community,” said Jennifer Baggett, a member of InterCulture Committee and Films and Novelties.
Jolie’s directorial debut is ironically a ‘romantic’ drama set in Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War. During the war, a soldier fighting for the Serbs re-encounters a Bosnian woman who’s now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become an ambiguous conflict.
“We try to show movies that students have limited access or opportunity to see. ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ was shown in select theaters across the country. Next month, we plan to show ‘The Hunger Games’ on UAB’s Jerry D. Young Memorial Field or the Green before the film releases on DVD,” said Samantha Julia Sweet, a member of Films and Novelties.
The InterCulture Committee prides itself in bringing awareness to different cultures and societies. ICC celebrates UAB’s student diversity by educating the student body through a variety of speakers, films and events. The committee is responsible for the success of International Bazaar and culture credits.
A small portion of classes, such as some foreign language and political science courses, dedicate a share of the course to cultural experience. These credentials can be attained by attending these events and receiving cultural credit.
“The biggest thing about ICC is seeing the difference between American society and other countries, and you see how lucky we are,” said Baggett.
Like ICC, the Films and Novelties committee insists on learning through real-life experiences, whether that’s from acquiring pop-culture knowledge to having an adrenaline rush. In August, the committee plans to host zip-lining across the Green.
Stay tuned for Films and Novelties’ showing of “The Hunger Games” next month. Learn about ICC’s upcoming events by joining the UAB InterCulture Committee on Facebook.