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What We Do

Every semester the World Film Program screens a film and hosts its filmmaker in a conversation with the audience. Events are free and open to all on campus and in the community.

Why We Do It

The Marist World Film Program serves the Marist community by supporting courses and sponsoring cultural diversity through the experience of film.  In this way it contributes to the Marist professional learning community and its mission.

How We Do It

We welcome your suggestions and contacts. Email the World Film Program Director with your ideas (contact info on the left).


Fall 2017         "Fire at Sea" (2016)

Fall 2016         "BlaxploItalian: 100 of Blackness in Italian Cinema" (2016) with                                Fred Kuwornu

Spring 2016    "The Battle of the Invisibles: Undocumented Workers vs                                              Supermarkets" (2010) with Manuel de Alba

Spring 2015    "Stray Tales" (2012) and "Leaving Sleep" (2014) with  Okin                                         Khan (Jan Muller)

Fall 2014          "ALTINA" (2014) with Peter Sanders

Spring 2014     "THE DISAPPEARED" (2008) with Peter Sanders


For over fifty years the experience of difference and diversity has been central to the Program's mission. Founded by Mr. Mario Ruggeri in 1960 as the Marist Foreign Film Program, the curricular initiative was co-directed by Brother Joseph Belanger from 1962 until 1998. The program was active until 1977 and, after a brief hiatus, was reinitiated by Brother Joe as a mini-program using video cassettes rather than reels. At that time, Professor Richard Platt and Brother Joe managed to get large-screen projection for the program. Brother Joe was soon running a full-fledged program, showing 20 films per semester and purchasing films until 1998. Thanks to Brother Joe, and the continuous efforts of all past and current directors who add between 25 and 35 new titles each year, the Marist foreign film library collection is impressive. Since 1998, the program has been directed by Ivette Romero (Modern Languages and Cultures), Kevin Gaugler (Modern Languages and Cultures), Mark Worrell (former professor in Philosophy and Religious studies), and more recently by Patricia Ferrer (Modern Languages and Cultures).