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Award-winning film examines life in Nazi-occupied France

Friday, September 21, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—France's history of collaboration and resistance to Nazi occupation during War II is the topic of a film that will be shown Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

The event is co-sponsored by the College's annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, and the history department's inaugural European film series.

Au Revoir Les Enfants, an award-winning film by celebrated French director Louis Malle, was inspired in part by his personal experiences. Set in a Catholic boarding school, the film examines French responses to foreign occupation through the story of the school and its administrators who risked their lives to save French Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps.

The film, in French and German with English subtitles, earned a 1988 Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film and seven French César Awards, including best film and best director.

Future colloquium events include a lecture Oct. 31 by Dan Cohen, MSW, executive director of Music and Memory, who will discuss the therapeutic potential of digital technology and personalized music for patients suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia; a lecture Nov. 8 by Camilla Townsend, Ph.D., professor of history at Rutgers University, who reexamines the familiar depiction of Pocahontas routinely recounted in historical narratives about colonial Virginia; and a lecture Dec. 4 by Patricia Hart, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and director of film studies at Purdue University, who explores the representation of trauma and memory in contemporary Spanish cinema.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at prime@hood.edu.