Global Ambassadors for the Fried Center for Global Engagement are hosting a movie series this semester. The series will kick off Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fried Hemenway Auditorium, where Alexandria Watts (’17) will be showing “Rams,” an Icelandic film.
Each movie has been chosen by different Global Ambassadors to represent the country in which they studied. Other mov- ies include “The Intouchables” (France), “Machuca” (Chilé), “Sing Street” (Ireland), “Soldados de Salmina” (Spain) and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (UK). Before each movie screening, a Global Am- bassador will present on his/her study abroad experience.
Other screenings after “Ram” will take place on March 9, March 15 and March 30 in the DePree Cook Auditorium and April 6 and April 13 in the Fried Hemenway Auditorium. All showings will start at 7:30 p.m.
The movie series is an at- tempt to educate Hope students about what it is like to study abroad and how the Fried Center for Global Engagement can connect students with over 300 programs in 60 countries.
“You can honestly go anywhere in the world,” Global Ambassador Mary Palma (’17) said about the Fried Center for Global Engagement.
Palma, who studied in Barcelona, Spain, will be presenting the movie “Soldados de Salamina”, which translates to “Soldiers of Salamina”.
“I chose this movie because it truly embodies the Spanish culture and the importance of their civil war during the Fascist era of Franco,” Palma said. “I hope that students get to see another side of Spain and how important the Civil War still is for them to this day.”
Global Ambassador Payton Hoff (’17), who studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, will be show- ing “Sing Street”, a movie that centers on an Irish teen trying to start a band in order to win over a girl.
“I hope that students will be able to experience the diversity of films from other countries outside of the U.S.,” Hoff said. “Film is a beautiful art that can depict so much about another country or culture, and we should view international films as a whole more often.”
Hoff also emphasized the opportunities available to students interested in studying abroad through the Fried Center for Global Engagement.
“Seriously, if you are under the impression that you can’t study abroad because of your major, extracurriculars, finances or interests, just stop by the Martha Miller Center 109 sometime,” Hoff said. “You will be amazed that we can help you find an off-campus program that would work for you.”
For more information on the movie series and studying abroad, visit www.hope.edu/ academics/global-engagement. There you can read various blogs about student journeys across seas, including the aforementioned countries.