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Chiaroscuro International Film Series

Connecting world cultures, promoting greater understanding of diverse peoples, and celebrating the universal human spirit through exceptional international cinema.

Due to Covid19, we're going virtual this season; it's an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of enjoying great films and great conversations together.  Everyone is welcome to join in for the film and commentary discussion online as we revisit fan favorites of seasons' past.

Season 2021: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past


Up Next: February 21, 2021

Mustang is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film is set in a remote Turkish village and depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society. 

Kanopy (free via Grand Rapids Public Library)
The Criterion Channel (free with subscription)
...it is also available as a paid rental through many other streaming services.


Film Introduction/Moderator: Toni Perrine

Film Intro / Commentary Video: https://business.facebook.com/watch/?v=766871564248070


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Related Film Recommendations:

  • Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014)

Coming of age story in which a group of African-French teenage girls living in an environment of social disenfranchisement form a sisterhood and attempt to take control of their own destinies.

  • Bliss (Abdullah Oğuz, 2007)

The son of the village elder is unable to carry out the honor killing of a teenage girl and the two set out on a journey away from the constraints of tradition.

  • The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)

Five sisters determined to commit suicide in order to escape the control of their overprotective parents are the object of mystery and fascination for some neighborhood boys.

  • Wandering Girl (Rubén Mendoza, 2018)

Upon the death of their father, a teenage girl meets her three adult half-sisters for the first time and they embark on an enigmatic journey across Colombia.

  • When We Leave (Feo Aladag, 2010)

A German-Turkish woman living in Istanbul decides to leave her abusive husband and return to Germany. Her brother is assigned to kill his sister to restore the family honor.




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