The 29th annual International Film Series continues this spring as the series explores topics related to music and liberation, including the role of music in social movements, portraits of music icons, and music as refuge, expression of identity and empowerment.

This series, which is free and open to the public, features celebrated and acclaimed films from around the world in what is often their only public screening in the Richmond area.

Film screenings take place in the Robins School of Business, Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Each film is played in its original language with English subtitles. Friday screenings are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Screenings at 3 p.m. Friday include an introduction and post-film discussion led by a University of Richmond faculty member.

Spring semester films, which represent a range of genres, including biopics, documentaries, comedy, and animation include:

  • “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Canada), Jan. 26 and 28
  • “Violeta Went to Heaven” (Chile/Argentina/Brazil), Feb. 2 and 4
  • The 13th Annual ChinaFest Film Weekend is also celebrated as part of the International Film Series. ChinaFest will be held Feb. 9-11. More information is available in this media release.
  • “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” (United States), Feb. 16 and 18. This film is presented in conjunction with One Book, One Richmond and its 2017-18 campus-wide reading selection “The Faithful Scribe” by UR journalism professor Shahan Mufti.
  • “Chavela” (U.S./Mexico/Spain), Feb. 23 and 25
  • “The Threepenny Opera” (Germany) March 23 and 25
  • “Chico and Rita” (Spain/UK), April 6 and 8
  • “The Sound of Noise” (Sweden/France), April 13 and 15

The International Film Series is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and the Boatwright Memorial Library Media Resource Center. Additional information is available at

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