Passport to World Cinema Series: My Sweet Pepper Land

Levitt Auditorium

Presented by the School of Film and the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the "Passport to World Cinema" monthly film series features the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film when possible – will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and PFS members.

This month features "My Sweet Pepper Land," a 2013 French-German co-production drama film directed by Hiner Saleem. It was screened in the "Un Certain Regard" section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated in the 7th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Achievement in Directing for Hiner Saleem and Best Performance by an Actress for Golshifteh Farahani.

In a remote village in Kurdistan lives the Kurdish patriot Baran who since recently serves as a policeman. He cannot help but provoke the local villain Aziz Aga and finds himself supported by an attractive lady named Govend who works as a teacher.

Speaker: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.
Maurizio Giammarco received his MA in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English from Temple University and has taught at the university for 18 years. He has taught drama, acting, rehearsal and production, and writing at Rosemont College, where he was also the theater program director. He was previously a visiting professor at Haverford College, where he taught introductory and advanced courses in fiction writing, as well as classes in screenwriting, terrorism in international film, and food and society.

His articles, theater and film reviews have appeared in The Temple News, Reel Visions, City Weekly Paper and The Journal of Modern Literature. He has been a judge for the Philadelphia Writers' Conference for the last seven years, in which he has evaluated manuscripts for the Playwriting and Screen/Scriptwriting, Novel and Non-Fiction categories.

Maurizio has written and directed short films, both fiction and documentary, which have been shown at university festivals, as well as in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Italy and Sicily.

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