VIDEO: Global Visions films to begin Wednesday at UND

The movie "For Colored Girls," to be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UND, will be the first film shown in the ninth annual Global Visions Films Series at UND presented by the UND Department of Anthropology.

Scene from 'For Colored Girls'
Kerry Washington (left), Janet Jackson and Kimberly Elise in a scene from the movie "For Colored Girls," to be shown Wednesday at UND as part of the Global Visions Film Series.

The movie "For Colored Girls," to be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UND, will be the first film shown in the ninth annual Global Visions Films Series at UND presented by the UND Department of Anthropology.

Six movies will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 7 at the UND Memorial Union lecture bowl. The movies are open to all. The suggested admission price is a $1 donation.

The series currently is the only venue in Grand Forks screening award-winning independent films from contemporary film makers from around the world, a news release said.

This year, Global Visions is working with the UND Great Conversation series by screening two films (Oct. 19 and Nov. 2) related to humanitarian work carried out by Doctor's Without Borders in conjunction with Dr. James Orbinski's visit to UND.

Orbinski will speak at a Great Conversations event Oct. 26 at Chester Fritz Auditorium as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UND Honors Program. Orbinski is best known as a former international president of Doctors Without Borders. He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of the organization, and has built up a remarkable record in the areas of health research and humanitarianism.


Here's information about the Global Visions Film Series movies that will be shown at UND.

- Wednesday: "For Colored Girls," 2010, (2:13), directed by Tyler Perry, rated R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language. Based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," its characters portray women from 20 poems that are a commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world. With Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray.

- Oct. 5: "Night Catches Us," 2011, (1:30), directed by Tanya Hamilton, rated R for language, some sexuality and violence. In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement. However he quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced. With Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce.

- Oct. 19: "Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma," 2008, (1:30), directed by Patrick Reed, not rated. The story of a man fighting for humanity and justice, it draws on a lifetime of experience in the trenches of genocide and famine and the triumphs and tragedies of Doctors Without Borders in Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo. It celebrates the best in the human spirit while staring unblinkingly at the worst.

- Nov. 2: "Living in Emergency," 2008, (1:33), directed by Mark N. Hopkins, not rated. In the war-zones of Liberia and Congo, four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders struggle to provide emergency medical care. The film is a window into the seldom portrayed and less-than glamorous side of humanitarian aid work, exploring a world that is challenging, complex and fraught with dilemmas.

- Nov. 9: "Biutiful," 2010, (2:28), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, rated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use. Uxbal (Javier Bardem) struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds.

- Dec. 7: "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," 2006, (2:02), directed by Steven Shainberg, rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and language. This imagined biography of legendary lenser Diane Arbus shows us one path she might have taken going from being a bored, rich New York housewife into a strange new world where she developed into one of the most visionary photographers of all time. With Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell.

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