Roanoke College International Film Festival

Friday, Feb 26, 2021 at 7:00pm

Salem, VA 24153


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With the enthusiastic support of Roanoke College professors and film specialists, the Department of Modern Languages at Roanoke College is excited to announce the third annual RCIFF (RC International Film Festival) in order to promote intercultural exchange, learning, and international cinema within the larger Salem and Roanoke communities and also at the College. We will be showing eight films which represent the foreign languages and cultures at Roanoke College during the weeks of February 17-Feb 26, 2021 with entirely virtual screenings.

This year’s theme is Social Justice and the Oscars. Given the current tense global climate and issues facing the world it is our hope to contribute to the conversations. Our goal is to put the community and different disciplines in meaningful dialogue with one another and to increase community awareness of international cultures.

Links for access to each film (virtual) will be posted on the website before the screening and distributed as well at the open of each zoom session for each screening.

All films are free and open to the public
All films subtitled in English
All films followed by a post-screening panel-led discussion


7:00pm: RCIFF Virtual Showing of Motorcycle Diaries

Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Runtime: 2h 6m
Director: Walter Salles
Language: Spanish

On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto's values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.


Dr. Charlene Kalinoski is a Professor of Spanish at Roanoke College. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and Spain. Her research area focuses on the Spanish Golden Age, but her wider professional interests include Second-language Acquisition and Contemporary Spanish Fiction.

Dr. José F. Bañuelos – Montes is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages Department at Roanoke College. He specializes in Afro-Colombian women writers. He is currently working on an anthology of Afro-Colombian women writers and the translation from Spanish to English. He has translated Elegia AO Novo Mundo/ Elegy to the New World of the now-famous Brazilian poet, Narlan Mattos. He translated the Cuban poet, Jesús J. Barquet, Venturous Journeys/ Viajes Venturosos. Dr. Bañuelos – Montes teaches classes on Latin American literature, culture and civilization, and the Latino Experience in the US Through Literature and Film.

Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris teaches Asian Religions at Roanoke College. He received his BA from Reed College, and MA and Ph.D. from Boston U. He lived in Japan for 2 years and is currently working on animal movies.

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