Could you use a dose of culture? International film club has got you covered

Taylo Rogers

A splash of culture has hit Saddleback College with the International Film Festival, hosted monthly by the International Film Club and the Latin American Club.

Last Friday, the International Film Festival showed the film “The Class,” a French film that was nominated for an Oscar and a winner at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Laurent Cantet, the film portrays a year in the life of a French schoolteacher working in a rough multicultural section of Paris.

“We always show award-winning films from different parts of the world,” Kristina Ibarra, Latin American Club president, 22, Spanish/linguistics, said. “We usually show one international film and one Latin American film during the month.”

The first film event, which took place in mid-September, had a turnout of more than 60 people, showed the Spanish film “Camino,” a Spanish Goya Award winner. The story dealt with the Catholic Church Opus Dei’s influence on one terminally ill girl’s life.

“We want to be able to share Latin American films,” Ibarra said. “Any international film just shows different cultures, different viewpoints and different ways in which they produce the films.”

The clubs hope to show a film from Egypt for their next presentation.

“We have a few foreign exchange students from Egypt, and we want to have something that shows their culture,” Ibarra said.

Stay posted for the dates of the next film the International Film Club and the Latin American Club will present.