International Film Festival

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Film descriptions and Registration links: 




Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5pm


La Dolce Vita (Italian)

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering tabloid journalist living in Rome.




Thursday, Feb. 22, 5pm

The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish)


The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.




Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 pm

Il Moro (Italian)


A short film, which was shortlisted for the 2024 Academy Awards, based on the true story of Alessandro de Medici, the illegitimate son of an enslaved African woman and Pope Clement VII, who became the head of the Medici dynasty.


Pre-screening reception at 5 pm. Screening from 5:30-6pm. 




Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 pm


Boudu Saved From Drowning (French, Jean Renoir, 1932)

Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller.


Pre-screening Reception at 5:45 pm




Wed., Feb. 28

Hawn Gallery Hamon Arts

11:30 am (lunch)

12 pm Q&A




Lunch and Q&A with filmmaker Daphne Di Cinto



Thursday, Feb. 29, 6 pm


American Dreams in China (Chinese)


The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream". This school helps the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. Before they stood proudly in the American stock market, many stories happened with them.

Pre-screening reception hosted by the DCII Research Cluster on Asian Studies and Asian American Experiences.





Tuesday, March 5, 5 pm

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (German)



An adaptation of a 1974 novel about an innocent housekeeper whose life is ruined by an invasive tabloid reporter and a police investigation.


Post-screening reception hosted by SMU German Club




Tuesday, March 5

7 pm


We Want Roses Too (Italian)


This documentary aims to portray the deep change brought on by the sexual revolution and the feminist movement in Italy during the 1960s and 70s.

Pre-screening reception hosted by SMU German Club. 





Thursday, March 7, 12 pm



12:30 pm – SMU film vault tour for students enrolled in WL 3390


Thursday, March 7, 5 pm

Bwana (Spanish)


Antonio, a taxi driver, his wife, and their two children arrive one afternoon to a solitary beach, looking for seashells. However, they will find more than expected: Ombasi and Yambo, two Africans searching of a better life in Spain. That night, Antonio, Dori and Ombasi do not only share fire, but also dreams and surprises that are revealed later in the light of the day...

Pre-screening reception at 5 pm hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Introduction and film to follow at 5:30 pm. 



Thursday, March 7, 7 pm  

Theeb (Arabic) 


In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.



Special Events: 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 AM, Hawn Conference Room (Hamon Arts Library): Luncheon and Q&A with Daphne Di Cinto, director of Il Moro-The Moor

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The 2024 World Languages and Literatures International Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors: SMU Libraries, the G. William Jones Film Collection, Italian Club, French Club, German Club, the DCII Scott-Hawkins Lecture Fund, the DCII Research Cluster on Asian Studies and Asian American Experiences, Fulbright Association-Dallas Chapter, Women's and Gender Studies, The Women and LGBT Center, Dallas Goethe Center, and the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement (SCIE).