From the Wings is a documentary about a group of children with varying abilities who, with the guidance of one woman, develop a performance for SPARC – The School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. The film addresses, among other things, the role of the arts in education.
Mistress America is a 2015 film from director Noah Baumbach about a freshman’s disappointment with her college experience and how the arrival of a soon-to-be step-sister tempts her to break out of her shell.
Second Mother is a 2015 Brazilian film about a live-in housekeeper’s relationship with the family for whom she works, and how that relationship changes when her daughter comes to town.
Zero Motivation is a 2014 Israeli film about a unit of female soldiers in a remote outpost awaiting their return to civilian life.
Timbuktu is a 2014 film, nominated for Best Foreign Language film, about the quiet lives of rural cattle herders and the disruption that follows when jihadists enter their realm.
Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary chronicling meetings with Edward Snowden in the first days after his departure from the United States.
Big Men is a 2013 documentary chronicling the filmmakers discoveries inside an oil company as the first commercial oil field in Ghana’s history is developed.
We are the Best! is a 2014 Swedish film. In it, three girls from 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band, despite some serious obstacles.
Dear White People is an independent American film from 2014. The film follows four African-American students in a satirical look at university culture and race.
Wadjda is a Saudi Arabian-German film from 2012. The film follows a 10-year-old Saudi girl’s quest for a new bicycle and the societal pressures that arise as a result.
Started in 2005, the General Education Film Series provides opportunities to increase students’ cultural, artistic, and information literacy by presenting films that contain themes not commonly found in Hollywood cinema. GEFS also fosters interdisciplinary understanding and critical thinking through the medium of independent and foreign cinema.
Managed by Wade Edwards (French) and David Shoenthal (Mathematics), GEFS receives financial support from the General Education program, the LCVA, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.