Friday, October 19, 2012

Calcasieu Cinema Presents - "The Middle of the World"

Celebrating the second CultureFest Louisiana, Calcasieu Cinema International kicks off festivities with a free screening of the Brazilian film “The Middle of the World.”  A generous donation by Dr. Carrie Chrisco makes possible this event, to be held Tuesday 23 October, 7 p.m.,  in Room 101, Frasch Auditorium, on the MSU campus and across from the McNeese Library.  Signs will help direct patrons. 

This 2002 film has gained international attention for its exploration of the individual’s basic survival,   of family dynamics, and of the individual as part of a larger culture.  Referred to by one reviewer as “a road movie on bicycles,” “The Middle of the World” is based on the real experiences of an unemployed man and his family, who travel over 2,000 miles on bikes to find a good job and the good life.  TV Guide says “it both opens a window onto another culture and …speaks the universal language of teen angst.” 

Dr. Steven Rainey, Professor of Geography at McNeese, will lead discussion for this film.  Dr. Rainey is engaged in research regarding land management and the impact of hydroelectric dams in Brazil’s western Amazon.  Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, will present the award-winning film in partnership with McNeese State University’s Office of Diversity, Banners Cultural Series, Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Area Psychiatry, The Hearing Center, Common Ground/CultureFestLouisiana, and Lake Charles Coca-Cola.  Snacks and drinks will be provided!  For more information, email or