Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Foreign Language Film Appreciation Series

The Rock Valley College Modern Languages Department invites you to join us for the film series to be presented for the fall 2014 semester. These films have been carefully selected by our faculty for their cultural, political, and social content. Modern Languages faculty will lead an open discussion (in English) following each film screening. Questions regarding this series should be directed to Ms. Ventimiglia 815-921-3358 or Ms. Szterensus 815-921-3337.

All films will be shown at 6:00 p.m. in Woodward Technology Center (WTC), Room 117

The cost is just $2 per student for the entire series.

Frida (English)

Friday, September 12, 2014

We start our series celebrating one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters, Frida Kahlo. From schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right; from suffering the effects of polio to a bus accident that nearly ends her life, Frida, in her bed-ridden state, produces dozens of pieces and when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary Diego Rivera, who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and eventually his wife. Come celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month learning about Frida Kahlo with RVC Modern Languages and Art faculty.

Mi familia (Spanish and English)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mi familia (My Family) traces three generations of the Sanchez's, a Mexican-American family living in East Los Angeles. Beginning in the 1930s, the film outlines the struggles of a recently immigrated man and his Mexican-American wife as they raise their six children. The story is told through the eyes of the eldest son, Paco, and follows the trials, tribulations, and successes of his parents and siblings as they try to live the American dream. What a great movie to end our Hispanic Heritage month celebration!


The Promise (German with English subtitles)

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 9, 1989 marks the fall of the Berlin Wall. Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of this historic event by watching a movie about two young lovers separated by the wall, and how their stories intertwine during the three decades to German reunification.  Learn about the history of the Berlin Wall with RVC’s German language professor Kristi McAuliffe.

Indochine (French with English subtitles)

Friday, November 21, 2014

This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. An unmarried French woman, owner of a prosperous rubber plantation, raises a Vietnamese girl as if she was her own daughter. When both women fall in love with the same man, a young French army officer, the scandalous triangle threatens to destroy their entire family. A sensual story of passion set against the violence of the Communist uprising, Indochine is a historically accurate, emotionally charged epic of love and war.