Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College's Cultural Films Committee will host the first annual Grinnell Cinefest Dec. 4-6 in the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell campus.

This year's festival, which focuses on the work of international women filmmakers, is part of the Cultural Film Committee's new programming and kicks off the year-long celebration for 20 years of gender and women's studies at the college. Many of the films are rare and have not been previously shown on the Grinnell campus. One was screened at the Cannes Film Festival only this year, and another-Ulrike Ottinger's "Freak Orlando"-is difficult to find in the U.S. Many of the screenings will be followed by a student-led discussion.

The showings for Fri., Dec. 4 include "Dreaming Rivers," directed by Martine Attille, at 4:30 p.m.; "Daughters of the Dust," directed by Julie Dash, at 6:30 p.m.; "Circles of Confusion," directed by Phoebe Tooke, at 9 p.m.; and "La Mujer Sin Cabeza," directed by Lecrecia Martel, at 9:15 p.m.

Showings for Sat., Dec. 5 include "Thriller," directed by Sally Potter, at noon; "Orlando," directed by Sally Potter, at 12:35 p.m.; "Freak Orlando," directed by Ulrike Ottinger, at 3 p.m.

Showings for Sun., Dec. 6 include "Khush," directed by Pratibha Parmar, at 1 p.m.; "A Song of Ceylon," directed by Laleen Jayamanne, at 2 p.m.; "Velvet Tigress," directed by Jen Sachs, at 3:30 p.m.; and "Sita Sings the Blues," directed by Nina Paley, at 3:45 p.m.

Grinnell Cinefest is co-sponsored by Burling Library, the Grinnell College Center for the Humanities, and the Louise R. Noun Program in Women's Studies. The Harris Center is located at 1114 10th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.