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Free Movies Offered In The Asbury Park Showroom

October 12, 2012 by admin

By Anna Neledva

     A free series of international movies is being offered in the Asbury Park Showroom this semester.

     The Spanish movie "Mar Adentro" opened the series on Oct. 9. Brazilian culture is next on the agenda with its movie "Central Station," which will be shown on Nov. 13.

     Dec. 11 will be marked with the introduction to Chinese culture and the movie "Raise the Red Lantern."

     Sponsored by the International Education Center and Student Life and Activities, the event has been held by BCC since 2002 as a part of the International Center Fair.

     The event focuses on introducing different cultures to Brookdale students in the casual atmosphere provided by the Asbury Park Showroom.

     The post-film discussion of main concepts with Professor Alex Idavoy provides an opportunity to look deep into the messages, which the foreign producers are trying to get across.

     "We are exposing people to foreign films and give them an opportunity to be more aware about culture," said Idavoy who has held the event since it's foundation.

     However, Brookdale students do not always make up the bulk of the audience. The event is open to the community and the number of BCC participants varies.

     "Unfortunately people are afraid of Asbury Park," said Idavoy.

     The Culinary Education Center sponsors the event and provides a dinner option prior to the movie. Dinner is not free and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 732-988-3299.

     "Our culinary majors need to train on real people. Brookdale students need to support each other," said Janice Thomas the Director of the International Center.

     The event was established in the memory of Elanie Vertucci, who was the founder of the  International Center at Brookdale.

     In previous years, the movie series was a fundraising event for the Elanie Vertucci Scholarship, which provided the opportunity for students to study abroad.

     The November feature, a Brazilian film titled "Central Station" tells a story of a former school teacher who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy whose mother has just died in search for the father he never knew.

     Former documentary filmmaker Walter Salles directed the Brazilian movie exposing the hard life of the boy and aged women against the background of Brazilian landscape.

     The end of the semester will be marked by the Chinese film "Raise The Red Lantern." After her father's death, 19-year-old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoquian, the lord of a powerful family. Zuoquian is a 50-year-old who already has three wives.

     Each night, Chen must decide with which wife to spend the night, and the red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. The movie is a tale of beauty and passion. 

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