Film Series

The Hood College International Humanities Film Series

All films will screen in Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, Hood College
All films are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept 25, 7 PM

A special documentary screening with the filmmaker:
Los internados del miedo/Els internats de la por (The Institutions of Fear)


Montse Armengou’s work has brought to light unknown aspects of the repression that took place under the dictatorship of General Franco (1936-1975). In the absence of the Spanish state’s policies to recognize the extent of the crimes of the dictator, her documentaries have been a tool to compensate victims.  For over a decade her work has gone beyond the limits of the audiovisual and has become a means of healing for victims.   

Her work reveals some of the hidden offenses of the Franco regime: theft of children, the existence of thousands of disappeared in mass graves, deportations to Nazi concentration camps, defeated soldiers of the Spanish Civil War buried alongside Franco in his Valley of the Fallen Memorial mausoleum, and thousands of deaths resulting from not implementing the polio vaccine on time.   

This session will discuss why some investigative journalists in Spain have to step in where the state has failed in terms of reparation, the difficulties of researching inaccessible files or dealing with destroyed evidence and confronting the fear that silences some victims of the dictatorship.  As one of the victims of Franco’s repression has claimed that because of the Spanish state’s failure to confront the truth of the past, “democracy has not done the job of democracy.” 

Ms. Armengou will also give a talk on Tuesday, Sept 24 at 7 PM in Whitaker Campus Center titled “Documentaries, Victims, and Reparation: Investigative Journalism as a Tool for Recovering Historical Memory.”

Friday, Oct 11, 7 PM

Rebel Without a Cause
Nicholas Ray – 1956

Rebel poster

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid’s real troubles begin.

Thursday, Oct 31, 10:30 PM
Special Late Night Screening for Halloween

Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero – 1968

dead poster

The dead come back to life and eat the living. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural house in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head.

Friday, Nov 8, 7 PM

West Side Story
Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise – 1961


A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival’s sister.

Past Films:

Friday, Sept 13, 7 PM

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
F.W. Murnau – 1922

Nosferatu poster

In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok’s servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

Friday, Sept 20, 7 PM

The Birdcage
Mike Nichols – 1996

In this remake of the classic French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) shakily introduce their future in-laws. Val’s father, Armand (Robin Williams), a gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane), his life partner and the club’s flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara’s father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman).