March 8 – Saltmen of Tibet

Saltmen of Tibet – Swiss-German-Tibet – 1998 – Documentary. For this Swiss-German documentary, filmmaker/Sinologist Ulrike Koch sneaked cameras into Tibet in order to film four men and 160 yak in a 2,000-year-old ritual — the annual spring pilgrimage to gather raw salt at remote lakes, a three-month Himalayan trek. Camping along the way, they engage… Continue reading March 8 – Saltmen of Tibet

March 22 – Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada – 2012 – Drama.  Among the best of films about immigration, the education system, and children.  In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… Continue reading March 22 – Monsieur Lazhar

April 12 – Elling

Elling – Norway – 2002 – Comedy.  “immanently worthy of its Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination” Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com.  “really is about a couple of crazy guys, and it’s therapeutic” John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews. When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in… Continue reading April 12 – Elling

April 26 – Vanaja

Vanaja – India – 2006 – Drama.  “Vanaja is a timeless story of dignity maintained against all odds.” Tom Keough, Seattle Times.  “Stunning portrait of caste oppression in South India, as well as the struggle of a young woman from the lower caste’s to elevate herself through dance.” Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.review. Vanaja is fifteen, beautiful and far… Continue reading April 26 – Vanaja

May 10 – The Mystic Masseur

Mystic Masseur – UK/Trinidad – 2001 – Comedy/Drama.  A Merchant Ivory production of the novel by Nobel Prize-winner V. S. Naipaul.  Set amid the large and prosperous Indian community in Mid-20th century Trinidad, The Mystic Masseur is a magical, bittersweet fable about Ganesh, a young, aspiring author whose unexpected talents as a healer bring him local… Continue reading May 10 – The Mystic Masseur