Prague, Czech Republic, photo by Imke Meyer


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

This week's LCLC workshop is about Video Editing. Want to save Youtube videos or make video clips for class use? Want to learn how to do basic editing with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Final Cut Pro? Come to our workshops Monday from 11-1 and Tuesday 12-1 OR sign up for an individualized training session on Monday 10-2 or Tuesday 10-1.  (Email to to make an appointment)

We are happy to announce a new film club, Hebrew Language Film Series, starting this week - Thursday, March 20th at 2PM, and will continue every other Thursday at the same time. Their first showing will be Lemon Tree, a film by Eran Riklis about a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area during Spring Break!

Please forward the Film and Conversation Club information to your students and colleagues. Most gatherings have free coffee, tea, and snacks, and are open to UIC students, faculty, and staff.

If you'd like to host a language or culture event in GH 308, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

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LCLC Workshops

Week of March 17th - 21st

Video Editing  

Monday 3/17

UH 1750

Video Editing

Tuesday 3/18

GH 301 


International Films

ALL FILMS ARE SCREENED IN 308 GRANT HALL. All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation clubs.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

French flag iconMONDAY, March 17th, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)

The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

THURSDAY, March 20th, 2:00PM-4:00PM

HEBREW FILM SERIES: Lemon Tree (Eran Riklis, 2008)

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, March 21st, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Everything for Sale (Andrzej Wajda, 1969)

Triggered by Zbigniew Cybulski’s tragic death in 1967 and inspired by Federico Fellini’s 'film about a film' Eight and a Half, Wajda filmed Everything for Sale. The plot in which reality mixes with fiction is based on the circumstances of the filming of the movie: the film’s main character doesn’t come to the film set. The director shows the search for the missing actor. Everything for Sale is a bitter reflection about the situation of Polish public life at that time. Reveals the traces of Wajda's artistic inspirations, it’s a reassessment of his artistic output and that of other contemporary Polish filmmakers.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, March 21st, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Prisoner of the Mountains (Sergey Bodrov, 1996)

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Film Screenings in the Week After Spring Break

French flag iconMONDAY, March 31st, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Since Otar Left (Julie Bertuccelli, 2003)

The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her mother, changing the course of their lives forever.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 1st, 3:00-5:30PM 

GERMAN FILM CLUB: The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

THURSDAY, April 3rd, 2:00PM-4:00PM


FRIDAY, April 4th, 10:00-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIE: Four Women of Egypt (Tahani Rached, 1997) 

This documentary revolves around four female friends from Egypt with opposing religious, social, and political views in modern-day Egypt. The film was highly acclaimed and won several awards in documentary film festivals.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, April 4th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: A Trip Down the River (Marek Piwowski, 1970)

A stowaway sneaks aboard a ship departing on a cruise down the Vistula River. The captain takes him for a Communist Party cultural coordinator and the intruder gladly adapts to his new role, immediately setting to work at manipulating the passengers and crew into silly and vaguely humiliating games. Before long, Tym has got everyone under his thumb and created his own comedic dictatorship.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 4th, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Luna Park (Pavel Lungin, 1992)

Andrei is the head of a gang of antisemitic skinheads clinging to the old communist ideals in post-Communist Moscow. When he learns that his long lost father actually is a Jewish bohemian living in Moscow, rather than an Afghanistan war hero, he traces him down in order to kill him. But the intriguing father and his "reactionary" lifstyle soon fascinates Andrei which leads to a clash with his gang.

Culture Events in the City

Japanese flag iconTUESDAY, March 18th, 4:00-6:00PM

The East Asia: Transregional Histories workshop presents: Comparative Empires: Environmental History by Peter Perdue, Professor, History, Yale University

This is a second of three roundtable series about East Asia in World History.
Location: University of Chicago, Social Science Research, Room 224
Fee: contact Tadashi Ishikawa at
Click here for more information

German flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, March 19th, 6:30PM 

Cinema Q IV Film Series: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpainter, 2004, German with English Subtitles)

Teams from all across Germany converge on a quiet camping ground for an annual rowing competition – including the defiantly gay team from Berlin whose arrival threatens to shake up the world of the closeted Tobi. Marco Kreuzpainter’s delightful coming of age dramedy was one of the Reeling Film Festival’s most popular opening night selections.
The Queer Film Society (QFS) is a consortium of LGBT film critics, historians, artists, and scholars dedicated to the exploration and celebration of queer images in world cinema. Recognizing the diversity of identities and perspectives that comprise its membership, QFS is committed to showcasing vital films from equally vital, and sometimes widely varied, vantage points. From mainstream to underground and from artist to audience, a distinct and communal sensibility informs the queer cinema experience.
Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Fee: Free 
Click here for more information 

ñWEDNESDAY, March 19th, 9:00PM

Spanish Caravan Music Festival 2014 - La Canalla

La Canalla is modernism and tradition, tenderness and passion, joy and impudence … A unique encounter of Jazz and Spanish Folk with a cosmopolitan Spirit and a Flamenco soul, brought to the stage in a fresh and engaging way, where humor and irony serve as instrument to tell very serious things. 
Spanish Caravan Festival has been organized by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with Arte y Vida Chicago, Andrés Meneses and Latin Street Dancing Inc, and The Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago. It has been made possible thanks to the support of Sounds from Spain (ICEX), Spain-USA Foundation, The Embassy of Spain in Washington, Illinois Arts Council, and City Arts.
Location: Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario St
Fee: $10 adv/$15 door, 18+. Dress to impress.
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French flag iconTHURSDAY, March 20th, 6:30PM

Soirée Afrique - Check out what is chilling in l'Afrique!

Start the evening with a video-clips screening curated and presented by Floyd Webb, program director at Black World Cinema. Then shake it up to the sound of DJ Mwelwa Musambacine with African dancers showing the latest dance craze from Ghana, the Azonto, and the African Rhumba style Makossa and Soukous. Or... just come and show us your best move and start a new dance craze right here, right now!
A special thanks to Stacy Fifer and Morgan Bolton for their help.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free; for reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, March 22nd, 2:00PM

Two Documentaries & Discussion

The Chiney Shop (Jeanette Kong, 2012, 25 min.) explores the myriad ways in which immigrant Chinese contributed to the Jamaican society.

Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican (Jeanette Kong, 2013, 26 min.) reveals one man's universal search for family, identity and belonging.

Special guest speaker Mr. Ian R. Chin, Vice President and Senior Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and Advisor to the Chinatown Museum Foundation, lived in a Chiney shop with his family in Jamaica for 18 years before immigrating to the United States. Mr. Chin will describe his experience of living and working in a Chiney shop and how the experience brought him closer to his family and made him a better person.
Location: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago
Fee: Free; limited seating, for reservation, please call (312)949-1000, or email at
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Japanese flag iconSATURDAY, March 22nd, and SUNDAY, March 23rd,11:00AM- 4:00PM

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, plus try other hands-on activities like a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy a tea ceremony demonstration, traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden.
11:30am Urasenke Chicago Association: Japanese Way of Tea (Sunday Only)
12-2pm Pam Martinez: Interactive Suminagashi Demonstration
1:00pm Anne Shimojima: Traditional Storytelling
2:00pm Chicago Koto Group: Koto Harp
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Fee: Free; parking $20
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, March 23rd, 5:15PM

17th Annual European Union Film Festival: Pretty Butterflies (Salvatore Mereu, 2012, Italian with English subtitles)

The sordid confines of provincial life are counterpointed by the high spirits of adolescent girlhood in this energetic and inventive tale that, like director Mereu’s previous films (THREE-STEP DANCE, SONETÀULA), is set on his native Sardinia. Narrated by 12-year-old dynamo Caterina (Podda), the film opens with an raucous tour de force detailing the daily waking-up routine in her family’s cramped apartment--a symphony of noisy neighbors and screaming siblings, with the coveted bathroom the only oasis of privacy. The local boys are nasty and the grown men nastier, but Caterina’s sweet-natured sometime-boyfriend Gigi is the exception. While on a seaside ramble with her best friend Luna, she learns that one of her no-good brothers is gunning for Gigi. Caterina knows she should warn him, but there are so many distractions en route…
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Fee: $11, $6 for members
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Culture Events in the City During Spring Break 

French flag iconTUESDAY, March 25th, 6:30PM

Soirée France / Vietnam: Phu-Nu Viet-Nam, Femmes Vietnamiennes (Pierre Sénélas, 1993; in French)

An evening building bridges between the past and the present in Vietnam starting with the screening of Phu-Nu Viet-Nam, Femmes Vietnamiennes by Pierre Sénélas, followed by a panel discussion (in English) with Monique Brinson Demery, author of "Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu",  and Nora Taylor from School of Art Institute of Chicago. A cocktail with Vietnamese specialties and a book sale and signing with Monique Demery will close the evening. 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free
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Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, March 27th, 6:00PM 

Film Screening: A Place to Stand (Anna Ferens, 2013; Polish with English Subtitles)

This is a documentary about the European Parliament’s defense of human rights. It documents the history of the struggles against the communist government in the 1980s from the perspective of the East and the West. In particularly it documents the involvement of the European Parliament in the defense of human rights in the countries of the Soviet bloc and its support for the democratic opposition which preceded the groundbreaking events of 1989 and the process of integrating the divided Europe since the 1990s until today. The screening will be followed by Q+A with the director.
Location: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 200
Fee: Free
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ñ THURSDAY, March 27th, 6:00PM

Ruben Martinez and Chris Abani: What Stories Teach Us

Join two great writer/performers for an evening that celebrates migration and storytelling and ask what storytelling teaches us about ourselves and others. Rubén Martínez is the author of Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail, among other titles. His documentary film, When Worlds Collide, aired on PBS, and he is a longtime musician and spoken word artist. Chris Abani is a self-described “zealot of optimism,” a Nigerian-born poet and author whose works include GraceLand, Song For Night, and The Virgin of Flames. His TED talks have been seen by half a million viewers..
Location: Harold Washington Library Center Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S State St
Fee: Free
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German flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, March 29th, 2:00PM

European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center: The Tower (Christian Schwochow, 2012; German with English subtitles) 

This ambitious two-part mini-series by a talented young filmmaker was adapted from Uwe Tellkamp’s best-selling novel. The title refers to the Tower district of Dresden, an enclave of privileged East German professionals and intellectuals, and the story centers on high-ranking surgeon Richard Hoffman (Liefers) and his circle during the seven years leading up to the fall of the Wall. The corruption of the state is mirrored by the compromised complications of Hoffman’s personal life, as he maintains a second family with his mistress, makes a devil’s bargain with the Stasi, and sees his son ensnared by the system while his estranged wife protests against it.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago
Fee: Free 
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SATURDAY, March 29th, and SUNDAY, March 30th

Greek Independance Day Celebration - March 29th, 2:00-5:00PM

Children from the Museum’s Greek Language and Culture Classes and children from the Aristotle Greek School will perform songs and poems to commemorate Greek Independence!

The event will include:

Greek Independence Day Parade - March 30th, 2:00-4:00pm

The parade commemorates the 193rd Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence! Watch the Museum’s Greek Language and Culture Classes ride the National Hellenic Museum’s float down Halsted from W. Randolph Street to Van Buren. Enjoy free admission to the Museum’s exhibitions and watch the parade from our rooftop terrace.

Walking distance from the CTA Blue Line at UIC-Halsted, and CTA Bus Route 8 – Halsted.
Parking Privately managed parking lots are available within walking distance of the Museum.
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661
Fee: Free for both events
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Mon, 1 - 2 PM


Tue, 2 - 3 PM


Chinese flag image, icon size Chinese
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM

Russian flag iconRussian
Wed, 3:30 - 4:30 PM


ñ Spanish
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

French flag iconFrench
Thurs, 12 - 1 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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