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The Bet Collector is this week's foreign film
Monday, November 17, 2008

The Education of Shelby Knox
The Education of Shelby Knox (shown Oct. 22)

You Don't Know Dick
You Don't Know Dick (Oct. 29)

Kept and Dreamless
Kept and Dreamless (Nov. 5)

Luxury Car
Luxury Car (Nov. 12)

The Bet Collector
The Bet Collector (Nov. 19) 

Women Take Aim Film Series
Wednesday evenings, Oct. 22 - Nov. 12,  5-7 p.m.
Williams Center S-104
(Nov. 12 film in Diers Recital Hall)

Held each Fall, the Women Take Aim film series features women and men directors, and usually incorporates early Hollywood film and contemporary documentaries, as well as experimental and independent films by women from a range of time periods and global locations.

This year, four films will be shown from 5 to 7  p.m., Wednesday evenings in Williams Center S104, except for the Nov. 12 film, which is in Diers Recital Hall.

The series is sponsored by the Women's Studies and the International Education programs.

Remaining shows:
Wednesday, Nov. 5 (Williams Center S104)
"Kept and Dreamless” (2005)
Nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a “seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family” during Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s. However, Eugenia must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle. This is a darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (Diers Recital Hall)

"Luxury Car" (2006)
This narrative is about a man, Li Qi Ming, who travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan in the hopes of fulfilling his wife's last wish of seeing her son. On his journey, Ming discovers his daughter who is working as a karaoke bar escort, which forces him to come to terms with their long-estranged relationship. Ming represents the reality of thousands of parents who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval in China.

Wednesday, Nov 19 (Williams Center S104)
"The Bet Collector (2006)"
Amy, the family matriarch, makes ends meet by running a small convenience store out of her home. But in a struggling economy customers are scarce, and without the help of her husband or pregnant daughter, she is forced to supplement the family income by collecting bets for an illegal numbers game. In this starkly realistic narrative, director Jeffrey Jeturian presents a captivating portrait of a proud woman, haunted by memories of a dead son and hounded by the police, and her fragile and lonely life as a kubrador (bet collector) on the streets of Manila.

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