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Anacortes Senior College

Three Good Movies from Far, Far Away

with Mark Lundsten


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We will watch three foreign films: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Japan, 1960), about an independent woman looking for love and financial security in post-war Tokyo; Ida (Poland, 2013), about a young woman preparing to take her vows in a convent when a worldly aunt she has never met takes her on a trip; and, A Separation (Iran, 2011), about a couple with one daughter, the man wants to stay in Tehran but the woman wants to take their daughter and live abroad. Three struggles in three faraway places are all portrayed with compassion, insight, and artistic grace.

In week #1 we will watch When A Woman Ascends the Stairs. We will review and discuss it in week #2. No class in week #3. In week #4 we will screen Ida and in week #5, A Separation. We will review and discuss both those movies in week #6. In classes when we screen the films, weeks #1, #4, and #5, the class will run an extra half hour, until 6:30. All the films use English subtitles.

Instructor: Mark LundstenMark received a BA in English and then spent many years working as a commercial halibut fisherman in Alaska, during which time he made his first movie, Night of the Guano, about how to eliminate bycatch of albatrosses and other seabirds. His last one, a short film called The Bath, played in many film festivals and won a number of awards.

  • Apr 19 - May 24th, 2022
    Tue for 6 weeks from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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