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Global Film Thursday …The Gods Must be Crazy

Join us Thursday night at 7PM in Gibble for our final Global Feel Good film of the 2014-2015 series

Join us Thursday night at 7PM in Gibble for our final Global Feel Good film of the 2014-2015 series

Nearly every scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy is funny and evokes instant laughter and where it doesn’t, Xi livens it up with his innocent smile and candour.

Kalahari bushman Xi (played by genuine bushman N!xau) is as surprised as the rest of his tribe when a Coke bottle, thrown from a passing plane, lands in the middle of their village. This “gift from the gods” proves to be a mixed blessing when the tribesmen fight over it and eventually use it for a weapon. To keep peace in the village, Xi is assigned to take the bottle to “the end of the earth” (actually a lush valley) and throw it back to the gods. Meanwhile, back in urbanized South Africa, Kate Thompson (Sandra Prinsloo) leaves her office job in the city to take a job teaching Kalahari children; once in the wilderness, she finds herself constantly bumping into clumsy microbiologist Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers). And meanwhile, maniacal Sam Boga (Louw Verwey) is leading a military coup against the government. How do all these various and wildly divergent characters fit together? You’ll have to see The Gods Must be Crazy yourself–if you haven’t seen it already. This Botswanian comedy/melodrama was directed by Jamie Uys, who had helmed dozens of films before Gods and would make many more afterwards. Originally slated for limited domestic distribution in 1982, Gods Must Be Crazy was picked up for American consumption by 20th Century-Fox in 1984. Within a few weeks, “word of mouth” transformed Gods into the biggest foreign box office hit ever released in the U.S. 

The film will screen at 7PM in Gibble – please join us to find out how Xi gets that bottle back to the Gods.

This film is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Office of International Student Services and the High Library.

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A night out at the movies… Global Film Thursday!

Come see the Global Feel Good Film "Amelie" Thursday at 7PM in GIbble ...FREE POPCORN

Come see the Global Feel Good Film “Amelie” Thursday at 7PM in GIbble …FREE POPCORN

Need a little down time during studies? The next Global Feel Good Film is Thursday at 7PM in Gibble – “Amelie” is the enchanting story of the French waitress determined to make the lives of others better even while having to deal with her own isolation. You will leave feel wonderful. Plus, FREE POPCORN

 


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Early Commencement films

check out films showing early Etown commencements

check out films showing early Etown commencements

Housed in the Hess Archives in the lower level of the High Library are three 16mm films that recorded part of the commencement ceremonies for the 1943, 1948, and 1950 graduations. The library recently had the silent, black and white films digitized. The films, which are each less than three minutes long, were recently uploaded to the Internet Archive, and they are now available for online viewing.

Commencement 1943

Commencement 1948 (this film also has some footage of a student drama performance, possibly associated with Alumni Day or May Day).

Commencement 1950

 


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Bringing the world of film to Etown

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

Great films inspire. Inspire great deeds, emotions, thoughts and ideas. The High Library and the Office of International Student Services partners each year to bring to campus the Global Film Festival . Celebrating the world through film. This year our theme is “Feel Good Movies”. All of our screenings are free and open to the public. January 15 we will show The Story of the Weeping Camel. A heart warming story from the Gobi desert of a family and the  rare white bactrian camel, rejected by its mother, that they try to save.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact the High Library.