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World Cinema Day

April 14 @ 12:00 pm

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Mark your calendars for World Cinema Day (WCD) 2023! In conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF), World Cinema Day is an annual international film screening that brings middle and high school students and their teachers to Madison for a special free screening of a high-quality, newly released, international film. A UW-Madison expert introduces the film and moderates a brief Q&A/discussion after the film. The featured film is Rickshaw Girl, based on a novel by Mitali Perkins.

A daring Bangladeshi teen-aged girl battles the dangers of the big city when she disguises herself as a boy to earn extra cash for her struggling family.

This year, author Mitali Perkins herself, will introduce the film and hold a discussion & Q&A after the film!

This year’s WCD will take place: Friday, April 14th at 11am, at Shannon Hall (located inside the Memorial Union) on the UW-Madison campus. Deadline to register is Friday, April 7th

Please fill out this form if you are an educator interested in attending with your students. Signing up guarantees your spot, and you are still able to cancel later on if the chosen film is not of interest.

The films featured at WCD are ones you typically won’t find on streaming services or in theaters, and will be in a foreign language with subtitles. Rickshaw Girl is in both English and Benga (Bengali). Last year’s WCD featured Mission Ulja Funk (Germany, 2021).

Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Following the film, students are welcome to move to Memorial Union Terrace, Library Mall, or Bascom Hill for lunch. No food is allowed in the theatre.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Fowler at assistantdirector@southasia.wisc.edu.