Film Series, Foreign Language Department Present French, Spanish Films

As part of its programming for the spring 2014 semester, the Rockhurst Film Series and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages will present films in Spanish, French and Wolof at 7 p.m., March 5, 12 and 26 in Mabee Theater.

“St. Teresa of Avila” (1984, Spain) will be shown on Wednesday, March 5. In this film, Teresa of Avila struggles to satisfy a call from God to reform the Carmelite order and to undergo her own conversion. Directed by Josefina Molina, the film is in Spanish with English subtitles and will run for 120 minutes.

“African Underground: Democracy in Dakar” (2009, Senegal) will be shown on Wednesday, March 12. This groundbreaking documentary follows hip-hop artists, DJs, educators, journalists and street performers at the time of the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. Directed by Ben Herson and Magee McIlvaine, the film is in Wolof and French with English subtitles and will run for 70 minutes.

“Violeta Went to Heaven” (2011, Chile) will be shown on Wednesday, March 26. In this film, Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra emerges from an impoverished childhood to become her country’s national hero. Directed by Andrés Wood, the film is in French and Spanish with English subtitles and will run for 110 minutes.

Members of the foreign language department will introduce the films and conduct post-film discussions. The showings are free and open to the public. Mabee Theater is located in Sedgwick Hall on Rockhurst University’s campus, 54th Street and Troost Avenue.

About Rockhurst Rockhurst University is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States. It challenges students to become leaders while providing a supportive environment for intellectual and personal growth. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Rockhurst among the top Midwest Regional Universities. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Learn more at

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