Mid-East Families focus of next Museum Film Studies Course

VERO BEACH — The new five-week film studies course at the Vero Beach Museum of Art that begins on March 22 is titled Love in the Family Way, Part 3: The Middle East. Classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning March 22 and continuing through April 19.  Students may sign up for either the afternoon session at 1:30 pm or the evening session at 7 pm as part of the five-week film studies offering.

The films to be examined include the latest by Iranian director Majid Majidi, whose Children of Paradise is one of the most popular pictures ever shown in the Museum’s film studies program, according to Warren Obluck, the museum’s film studies coordinator.  His new movie being shown in the class is Song of the Sparrows.  It was a top award-winner at the Berlin Film Festival upon its release in 2008.

Also seen in the course will be Greece’s all-time box office hit, A Touch of Spice.  From Jordan comes the first feature film in half a century to receive international distribution, Captain Abu Raed. Turkey offers an extraordinarily beautifully photographed film entitled Bliss, and from Canada comes the unexpected story of a Syrian immigrant family trying to make the transition from a traditional to a modern way of life in Sabah: A Love Story.

Films are introduced and discussions moderated by Obluck, a former cultural attach’ at the American embassies in Rome, Tokyo, and Manila. He is also the 2010 winner of the Indian River County Cultural Council’s Laurel Award for cultural/professional achievement.

Classes are offered in the Museum’s state-of-the-art Leonhardt Auditorium with its 20 x 30 foot screen and surround-sound audio.

Tuition for the five-week course is $55 ($45 for Museum members).

Students may register in person at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, by phone at (772) 231-0707, ext. 136, or online at www.verobeachmuseum.org.

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