What we're about

Welcome to Boston Foreign Film Enthusiasts!

We are two female professors who share a love of film, and a love of foreign film in particular. We are always looking for film to give us a new way to see the world, a way to escape the everyday, and a chance to reflect on living. We would love for you to join us as we look at the world of film through the eyes of countries and people outside of the US.

Our tastes vary across genre, tone and mood, but we feel that film is a language and an experience that can connect people of many different thoughts, values, cultures, and backgrounds. Mostly we will focus on narratives, but experimental and documentary might slip in to stir things up at times too.

Every two weeks, we'll invite you to watch the movie and then come to a group discussion with a question or two, so we can connect, question, and ponder together. Discussions can range from filmmaking approaches to the sociopolitical and beyond.

If you are interested in films from far away places that show you new things and touch your heart in a unique way, we hope you'll want to join us.

Please note, during COVID these meet-ups will be fully online, but we look forward to visits to Boston and Cambridge's independent and foreign film communities.

See you online!

Maryam and Rae

Upcoming events (4+)

Thursday til Sunday

Online event

Please watch the film ahead of the discussion.

A family road trip frames Dominga Sotomayor’s De Jueves a Domingo (Thursday Til Sunday). But the journey to the beach Ana and Fernando had promised their two kids, Lucía and Manuel, slowly becomes a long goodbye. For these parents had already decided to break up but couldn’t deny their children their long-awaited beach trip. In between the claustrophobic feel of the car and the long, lonely roads they travel through, this is a portrait of a family slowly breaking down and apart.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/xxY5b2O2-j4

Screening on Kanopy

Link will be posted one hour before discussion.

Birds of Passage

Online event

Please watch the film ahead of our discussion.

The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/QV0uWf72ZQw

Available on Amazon, YouTube.

Link will be posted one hour before discussion.

Funny Boy (2020)

Online event

Please watch the film in advance of the discussion.

A young boy falls in love with a male classmate, just as political tensions escalate between the Sinhalese and Tamils in the years leading up to the 1983 uprisings.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAkkz6Po-kI

Film available on Netflix.

Link will be posted one hour prior to discussion.

Persepolis

Online event

Please watch the film in advance of our discussion.

Based on Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PXHeKuBzPY

The film is available on vudu.

Link will be posted one hour before the discussion.

Past events (31)

Wild Goose Lake

Online event

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