July 18, 2007
University of the District of Columbia Hosts
“DC Meets Delhi” Film Festival
Washington, DC – A fusion of feature films, documentaries, dance, discussions, filmmakers and thinkers… the arts and cultures that shape urban life in two capital cities...will be the central focus of the “DC Meets Delhi” Film Festival, to be hosted by the University of the District of Columbia September 6-11, 2007.
The festival is a means of deepening the educational experience for all District residents, strengthening the University’s outreach to neighbors, potential students and alumnae, and positioning UDC as a center for media studies and media workforce development. Under the progressive leadership of Dr. Bobby Austin, UDC’s Vice President for University Relations and Communications, Dr. Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, Festival Director, brings many years of experience in visual communication, transcultural media, media research and public arts. UDC is uniquely situated to produce and host DC Meets Delhi as a six day festival to:
Program segments include: Family Day of Dance and Arts: DC and Indian dances wrapped around by food, crafts, workshops and education; Indian Film Series: Classic to Bollywood to Art House; Spotlight on DC Filmmakers; A transnational videoconferenced high school debate on water quality in Washington DC and Delhi (with the DC Urban Debate League and UDC's own Water Resources Research Institute); a French feature film screening about India presented with The French Embassy; a Metro DC Student Film Competition and a series of films, an exhibition and a panel discussion on Mahatma Gandhi: Popularity and Relevance, 2007. The festival will feature a Retrospective of the films of Aparna Sen (Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Titli, Sati), a two time National Film Award winner in India and the country’s most celebrated woman director who started out as an actress in Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya. Filmmakers have been invited to attend the festival. Opening Night will be presented in partnership with Indian Visions, a program of the Washington, DC International Film Festival. More information on the “DC Meets Delhi” Film Festival can be found at www.udc.edu/dcmd.
All events occur on the university campus, except the opening night gala and the French Embassy screening. UDC campus has one small theater (capacity 120) for screenings, an outdoor theater (for Family Day) and an auditorium (capacity 960) for our major events. The University, which is served by the Van Ness/UDC Metro station (Red Line), is easily accessible by bus and ample parking facilities. UDC regularly hosts cultural and community events.
The University’s target audience is the urban population of Washington DC, especially the African-American population (60% of DC residents), film enthusiasts, our immediate neighbors, the burgeoning, entrepreneurial Indian community in the nation’s capital region (over 100,000) and the families and friends of the many students, faculty and associates of the University of the District of Columbia. UDC draws students from across the city, the region and internationally.
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.