About the International Film Club

The arts, and particularly film, have a special ability to transport us to other places, times, and realities and give us insight into the ways and the whys of the world. The International Relations Council’s International Film Club explores international realities and global issues using films of the world and about the world. The group meets monthly to discuss an award-winning film and the international topics, themes, and issues it raises. Subject-matter experts guide our experience, preparing us with questions and other context before viewing the film and leading the conversation during our monthly meeting. Films, with subtitles if needed, are readily available on common streaming services. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning.

Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – And Breathe Normally, with Joy Stevenson, Director of International Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 – You Will Die At Twenty, in partnership with the Tivoli Cinema at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Past Programs

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Aquarius, with Luciano Tosta, Acting Director of the Center for Global and International Studies and Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – The Breadwinner, with Evan Verploegh, IRC Program Manager

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – What Will People Say, with Andrea Khan, COO of Baraza African Cultures Center and Outreach Director for the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City.

Monday, November 30, 2020 – One Man and His Cow (La Vache), presented in partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Kansas City

Monday, November 2, 2020 – The Insult, with Dr. Michael Makara, IRC Board Member and Associate Professor, Comparative Politics and International Relations at the University of Central Missouri

Wednesday, October 8, 2020 – Timbuktu, with former Peace Corps members Philip Lesniewski and Emily Hurley

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Parasite, with KU Professor, Dr. Joo Ok Kim

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Da 5 Bloods with Screenwriter, Director, and KU Professor Kevin Willmott – Click to view a recording of this program.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – Roma, with KU Professor Tamara Falicov

Using Zoom

This event will be hosted through the free online meeting platform, Zoom. This link will bring you directly to the download page for Zoom. After downloading, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its features.

Once you register for the event, you will receive an IRC email with the link to join the session. Simply click this link and grant permission for Zoom to open the link. You will then automatically join the event. You may access the room five minutes before the event is set to begin.

If you are interested in leading a discussion on an international film, please contact Evan at everploegh@irckc.org.