Cal State L.A. Presents the Winter 2002 Independent Visions Film Series
What & Who: The University-Student Union Cross Cultural Centers Office at Cal State L.A. presents the Independent Visions Series. Edgy, urban, progressive, cultural, educational and entertaining, this weekly series of independent film and video is held on Thursdays at 12 noon and 6 p.m.
Films: "A Dry White Season." January 17. A Dry White Season is a provocative film about two families--one black, one white--in South Africa in 1976. The story is a compelling look at the injustices of apartheid and its effects on the people living in South Africa. Directed by Euzhan Palcy, 1989, 105 minutes.
"Runaway." January 24. This powerful documentary intimately explores the lives and experiences of a group of young runaway girls who are taken to a womenÂs shelter in Tehran-Iran. The film is an engrossing and honest account of the social and psychological battles faced by women in Iran. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 2001, 87 minutes.
"ScoutÂs Honor." January 31. Steven Cozza, a remarkable 13-year-old scout, launched a grassroots campaign to overturn the Boy ScoutsÂ anti-gay policy. ScoutÂs Honor is a powerful and moving documentary that chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor. Directed by Tom Shepard, 2001, 60 minutes.
"Bamboozled." February 7. Bamboozled is a blistering satire of network televisionÂs pitfalls and prejudices. The film explores how race, ratings, and the pursuit of power lead to a television writerÂs stunning rise and tragic downfall. Directed by Spike Lee, 2000, 135 minutes.
"Catfish in Black Bean Sauce." February 14. This award-winning film is an offbeat comedy about an African American couple who adopt two orphans, a brother and sister from a Vietnamese refugee camp. The film explores the childrenÂs experience of being reunited with their birthmother after 22 years. Directed by Chi Muoi Lo, 1999, 119 minutes.
"Sarafina." February 28. This film is the story of one young girl caught up in the struggle for freedom in South Africa just before the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. Directed by Darrell James Roodt, 1992, 98 minutes.
"IÂm the One That I Want." March 7. The film presents comedienne/actor/activist Margaret Cho doing her critically-acclaimed one-woman show. In her hilarious performance, Cho uses humor to explore racism, sexuality, the media industry, drugs and alcohol, body image, and much more! Directed by Lionel Coleman, 2000, 96 minutes.
Where: Cal State L.A. Maxwell Theatre, second floor, University-Student Union. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the interchange of 10 and 710 Fwys. (Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots C and G or upper level of Parking Structure II.)
Info: Seating is limited. For more details, call the Cross Cultural Centers Office at (323) 343-5001.