Screen the best in foreign cinema this spring during the Elgin
Community College Humanities Center's International Film Series.
Held the first and second Friday of each month, the series is part
of the center's effort to foster cross-cultural understanding
Screenings are held in the Arts Center, Building H, Room H142,
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Admission is free, but donations will be
accepted to help support ECC study-abroad scholarships.
For more information about the film series and to view trailers
of this spring's featured films, visit http://www.ecchumanities.org/ifs.
Nothing But a Man
7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 and 14
Nothing but a Man is a story of black life in
Birmingham, Ala.-in particular, the struggles of Duff Anderson, a
young railroad worker and the schoolteacher he marries to carve a
meaningful place for themselves. It is one of the most sensitive
films about black life ever made in this country, especially during
the apex of the Civil Rights Movement.
Ivan Dixon (best known from the 1960s television show
Hogan's Heroes) gives a spectacular depiction of a strong,
principled individual who will not bend over for any man, white or
black. It's an early portrait of black pride, presented long before
showing pride in being black was accepted.
Lincoln (who was still active as a singer on the jazz scene)
gives a restrained, unmannered performance as Josie, a woman who
stands steadfastly by her man, even when, out of frustration, he
angrily pushes her away. Milton Williams gives a powerful
performance as Duff's father, a rage-filled drunk who advises his
son not to get married, but to stay loose and keep moving.
Searching for Sugar Man
7:30 p.m., Friday, March 7 and 14
In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who
had a short-lived recording career with only two critically well
received but non-selling albums. However, unknown to Rodriguez, his
musical story continued in South Africa where he had become a pop
music icon and an inspiration for youth alienated by apartheid.
After being rumored to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the
1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What
follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far
more in their quest than they ever hoped, and a Detroit
construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams had
come true after all.
The film won the Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature" in
2012 and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for
Nostalgia for the Light
7:30 p.m., Friday, April 4
On mountain tops located in one of the driest places on
earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers from all
over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so
translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of
The harsh heat of the desert sun keeps human remains intact,
including Pre-Columbian mummies, 19th century miners and the
remains of political prisoners that "disappeared" after the
military coup of September 1973. So while astronomers examine the
most distant and oldest galaxies, the surviving relatives of those
who disappeared are at the foot of the mountains searching for the
remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families'