The Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival is dedicated to the presentation of original creative cinema from the around the world. It provides an opportunity to experience a broader and more diverse view of the many world cultures which express themselves in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish to the communities of Western Michigan University and greater Kalamazoo as well as educators across Michigan and the surrounding Midwestern states.
Our goals are both artistic and educational:
- To propose an alternative to the mainstream cinematographic industry.
- To help implement reforms in curriculum design in foreign language teaching and international studies through the entire educative spectrum, K-12 and college level.
We hope to see the festival eventually serving as a springboard for undistributed film productions to be introduced to the United States public.
As part of this commitment to representation, we started a wonderful collaboration with the Alliance Française of Chicago in 2010.
The 2016 World Languages Film Festival was held March 18-20 and March 25-27 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 180 Portage St, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tickets were purchased directly at the Alamo. General admission was $8 and student admission was $4.
We attempt to represent the diversity present in the world and take into account the educational value of the productions.
- Director: Vincent Desroches
- Coordinators, administration and finance: Samer Shammas and Billie Blake
- Coordinator, events and communication: Marjorie Zippert
- Program team: Vincent Desroches, Mustafa Mughazy, Peter Blickle, Xiaojun Wang, Carlos Pimentel, Liliya Vansovich, Olivia Gabor-Peirce and Mariola Pérez de la Cruz
- Publicity: Mark Schwerin, the poster brigades and many others
- Web: Marjorie Zippert, Jenaba D. Waggy and Colleen Stano
- Design: Paul Sizer, David Marlatt, Nick Kuder and Jhosua Rodriguez