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International Education Festival at Forest Park

November 08, 2011

The annual International Education Festival, which focuses on understanding other cultures, is now under way at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

A keynote festival screening of the documentary, “Give a Damn,” a film made by STLCC-Meramec alumnus Dan Parris, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bastian Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Speak Up Productions’ feature-length documentary is about two 20-something activists who convince their indifferent friend to go to Africa and live on $1.25 a day. The activists will be on hand for a discussion afterwards. They will talk about surviving the situations they were confronted with during their travels.

The film will also be shown as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, showing at noon at Washington University’s Brown Auditorium (ticket required). The St. Louis Film Critics Association awarded it Best Documentary at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase this past summer.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Sandra Osburn, chair of the Communications department and a Malaysian native, will present a program “Malaysia: Truly Asia,” 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Highlander Lounge. Intercultural communication students will share their views of this diverse nation nestled between India and China. A “Joget,” which is a traditional Malaysian dance, will be performed. Refreshments will be served.

“Mexican Feminicide,” a film and keynote address, is set 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Bastian Theatre. Helen Ditouras, an assistant professor of English at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., will be the speaker.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, a presentation on “Hip Hop World” is set 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the Highlander Lounge. RecapLife, a St. Louis media group, will discuss hip hop’s affect on global culture through video and song.

International cuisine, a fashion show, and information on various programs will be part of the International Festival showcase 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the cafeteria. Sample foods of the world will be available for 25 cents each. Sponsors include the Forest Park International Club, Respiratory Therapy, Foreign Language department and St. Louis Language Immersion.

“Africans in America” will be the focus of Deborah Henry’s presentation 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Café West.

On Friday, Nov. 18, Mark Kruger of Humanities will present “Our Man in Havana” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Café West, and discuss the culture, history and politics of Cuba.

The fest wraps up on Monday, Nov. 21 with the 1992 Sengalese masterpiece, “Hyenes.” The film will be shown 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Café West.

Achieving the Dream Developmental Writing Essay Contest winners will read their works 8-9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in A-213 and 9-10 a.m. in  C-315, with English instructor Melody Gee.

For more information regarding International Week, contact Dan Yezbick, ext. 9910, or