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February 20, 2009

College of William and Mary's film festival explores relationship between film and migration at CW's Kimball Theatre

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. ? How has migration shaped developments of film as a commercial industry, an artistic form, a social practice and a form of entertainment that operates locally, nationally and globally? The second annual William and Mary Film and Migration Film Festival seeks to answer this question through filmmakers representing the diversity of global filmmaking at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre March 20-22.

Friday, March 20

  • 3 p.m.: Contemporary Italy, Immigration and Film; “Immigrants in Italy: Five Short Films” selected and presented by Edward Bowen.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Festival Reception.
  • 7 p.m.: Nuovomundo/Golden Door (Emanuele Crialese 2006) (Italy/France) presented by the director Emanuele Crialese, with post-screening question-and-answer session.
  • 10:30 p.m.: Cucarachas rojas/Red Cockroaches (Miguel Coyula 2003) (USA/Cuba) presented by the director Miguel Coyula with post-screening question-and-answer session.

  • Saturday, March 21

  • 1 p.m.: Memorias del Subdesarollo/Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomas Gutierres Alea 1968) (Cuba) presented by Professor Ann Marie Stock (Hispanic Studies, W&M).
  • 2:45 p.m.: Excerpts from the rough-cut of Memorias del desarollo/Memories of Overdevelopment (Miguel Coyula 2009) (Cuba/USA) presented by the director Miguel Coyula, with post-screening question-and-answer session.

  • Sunday, March 22

  • Noon: Le plafond de verre/The Glass Ceiling (Yamina Benguigui 2004) (France) presented by the director Yamina Benguigui, with post-screening question-and-answer session.
  • 7 p.m.: Inch’Allah dimanche (Yamina Benguigui 2001) (France/Algeria) presented by the director Yamina Benguigui with post-screening question-and-answer session.

  • These events at the Kimball Theatre are free but tickets are required.

    The Kimball Theatre box office is open most days from 3:30-7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia.

    Additional film screenings, roundtable discussions, lectures and musical performances also will take place on the William and Mary campus and at the Williamsburg Regional Library. More information can be found at https://globalfilmfestival.wmblogs.met.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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