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Drake International Film Series to feature 'Le Grand Voyage'

February 26, 2008
photo of father and son
Reda and his father during their journey to Mecca.

CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Drake University's spring International Film Series will
continue Sunday, March. 9, with a screening of "Le Grand Voyage," a
French film with English subtitles, at 2 p.m. in room 101 of Meredith Hall,
2805 University Ave.

Jan Marston, director of Drake University Language
Acquisition Program, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

This film tells the story of Reda, a young man just weeks
away from his college exams, whose strained relationships with both his father
and his culture are put to the test when he drives the older man on his
pilgrimage to Mecca.

The series is sponsored by Drake's Center for Global
Citizenship and the Drake University Language Acquisition Program. All of the
films, which are free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in room 101
of Meredith Hall.

The series will conclude on Sunday, April 6, with a
screening of "Osama," an Arabic film with English subtitles. This
film tells the story of a 12-year-old girl, her mother and a local village boy
who narrowly survive the brutal end of a peaceful demonstration organized by
women who are oppressed by the cruel Taliban regime. After witnessing such
inhumane treatment, the mother is reminded of her own hardships as she and her
daughter struggle to maintain their existence. Debra DeLaet, Drake professor of
politics and international relations, will introduce the film and lead a discussion
afterwards.