Tuesday, November 14 -Sunday, November 19

In celebration of International Education week, the Institute for Regional and International Studies has selected films from around the world for the first annual IRIS International Film Series. From mainstream to independent, these films share triumphs and tribulations of peoples across the globe while shedding light on their unique cultures. Some of these films were even written or produced by, or feature, UW alumni, staff, faculty, and students. Don’t miss these films, curated by the IRIS area studies centers. Titles include "Woven Lives," "Among Wolves," "New Year Baby," "A United Kingdom," "From the Land of Gandhi," and "Excuse My French." 

Film screenings will be held at varying times and locations across the greater Madison area.


Tuesday, November 14

7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.),

Marquee Theatre, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, UW-Madison

A UNITED KINGDOM tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

111 Minutes, in English

Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program


Wednesday, November 15

Noon (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Chazen Museum, 750 University Avenue, UW-Madison

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Carolyn Kallenborn, Assistant Professor of Design Studies, UW-Madison and the film’s creator (Professor Kallenborn will be bringing samples of Oaxacan textiles to the screening!)

WOVEN LIVES examines how traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. This documentary, which traces the development of the weaving process from the first people in the valley to the present day, uniquely blends the perspectives of art, design, business, history, ethnic studies and cultural anthropology. While the textiles are the centerpiece of the film, it highlights the life around the production that creates a sense of connection to the culture, the community, the past and the future.

76 Minutes, in English with Spanish subtitles

Co-sponsored by the Chazen and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS)


Thursday, November 16

7 p.m.

Cinematheque, 821 University Avenue, 4022 Vilas Hall, UW-Madison

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Kevin Ripp, UW Alum, and the film’s writer and executive producer, and Shawn Convey, director/producer

In the mountains where they once fought, a motorcycle club led by Bosnian war veterans defends a herd of wild horses and discovers a new kind of freedom for themselves.

94 Minutes, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian with English subtitles

Co-sponsored by the Cinemateque and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)


Friday, November 17

7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.),

Edgewood College, Predolin Auditorium, 1000 Edgewood College Drive

This is the first documentary directed by a Cambodian-American woman about her family’s survival… “We want to move and inspire Americans and the world with this story of love, joy & pardon. Our promise is to share New Year Baby with 100 million people in 10 years, transforming a conversation of victimhood and shame into one of heroism and honor. Join us for the journey.” -Socheata Poeuv

74 Minutes, in English

Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Edgewood College, and UNA-USA Dane County Chapter


Saturday, November 18

Noon (Doors open at 11:45 a.m.)

Sun Prairie Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr.,

Sun Prairie

This story of 4 high-skilled immigrants, a decade after they came to study in the US, places a human face to the employment-based Green Card backlog. The film also highlights the need for reforming America’s high-skilled immigration at a time of intense globalization and retirement of the baby boomers. – Introduction and post-screening Q&A provided by the film’s producer, Prakash Wadhwa

50 Minutes, in English

Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia


Sunday, November 19


Eagle Heights Community Center, 611 Eagle Heights, Madison

12-year-old Hany tries to fit in at his new governmental school after his father suddenly drops dead, leaving his mother in debt and unable to continue to afford his private education. Not only is Hany clearly from a more privileged background than the working class boys in his new class, but he is also the only Christian in a room full of Muslims. “Excuse My French” is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.

Plan to stay after the film for a Q&A discussion led by African Cultural Studies graduate student Miriam Aly Mohamed Nashaat Sabaaalazab!

99 Minutes, In Arabic with English subtitles

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Middle East Studies Program




  • Occurred Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Sarah Ripp