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STLCC-Florissant Valley’s Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Cosponsors Global Film Showcase

October 10, 2013

Eliane Raheb and Bill Emmott  
Eliane Raheb and Bill Emmott      

The Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies (IIGS) at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is
cosponsoring
a Global Film Showcase Oct. 15-17.

“Girlfriend in a Coma” directed by Bill Emmott and Annalisa Piras, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Washington University’s Steinberg Auditorium.

In this film, Emmott and Piras explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. The documentary is in English and Italian with English subtitles. Emmott, former editor of The Economist, will serve as guest speaker for the event.

“IIGS is committed to engaging our students and community through academic and cultural events,” said Chris Stephens, co-director of IIGS. “By cosponsoring film presentations and the visits of internationally known directors and writers such as Mr. Emmott, we are able to offer our learning community the opportunity to address issues of global significance and local relevance through dialogue with the opinion shapers of our day and the academic community at large.”

“Sleepless Nights,” directed by Eliane Raheb, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 105/107 in the Training Center at the Florissant Valley campus.

This documentary follows the stories of Assaad Shaftari, an ex-high-ranking leader in a Christian militia who was responsible for many killings during the war, and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of a kidnapped young fighter.

Shaftari has been exonerated for his role in the deaths of hundreds of people, yet he’s hounded by his past, while Saiidi struggles with the memory of the 15-year-old son she lost. When the two meet, questions are raised about war wounds and whether redemption and forgiveness are ever possible.

Attendees are invited to a Mediterranean/Lebanese lunch, catered by Kaslik’s, before the screening.