World Cinema Day


World Cinema Day brings high school students and teachers to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for a screening of a high-quality international film with an introduction and discussion led by a UW faculty member or guest.It is an annual event held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival.

World Cinema Day 2015 will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
At The Marquee Theatre, Union South on the campus of the UW-Madison.

This event is free to high school groups attending with their teachers. Seats are limited so registration is first-come, first served.

The WCD Film

World Cinema Day 2015 feature film:

GIRLHOOD (Bande de Filles)
Director: Céline Sciamma
French, with subtitles in English
France, 2014 (112 minutes)

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

See the offical trailer.

Introduction and post-film discussion led by French cinema expert Kelley Conway, Professor of Communication Arts.

Schedule & Venue

To accommodate more school groups we will offer two screenings of GIRLHOOD. The morning screening has sold out, but there are seats left for the afternoon.


  • 08:30am – School groups begin to arrive at Union South
  • 09:00am – Welcome by World Cinema Day organizers
  • 09:05am – Introduction by UW-Madison Professor Kelley Conway
  • 09:10am – Screen Girlhood
  • Post-film discussion with Professor Kelley Conway
  • 11:30am – World Cinema Day ends


  • 12:00pm – School groups begin to arrive at Union South
  • 12:15pm – Welcome by World Cinema Day organizers
  • 12:20pm – Introduction by UW-Madison Professor Conway
  • 12:25pm – Screen Girlhood
  • Post-film discussion with Professor Kelley Conway
  • 03:00pm – World Cinema Day ends

Venue: The Marquee, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI

Registration Information

When you register, indicate your preferred screening time (morning or afternoon).

The limit is 30 students and teachers per school. If your group is larger, please email Catherine Reiland.

Deadline to register is March 27.

Curriculum Materials

Online resources

Long-time friend of World Cinema Day, Katharine Conover (from the Janesville Academy for International Studies) provided WCD with these Questions for International Film which she has used in past years to help shape discussions around the various films.

Wisconsin Film FestivalFor More Information

Please contact Catherine Reiland by email or phone – 608.262.4461 – if you have any questions about World Cinema Day.

World Cinema Day is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium.

Past Films

World Cinema Day has been offering films for high school students since 2004, and includes the following screenings:

WCD was started in 2004 and coordinated by UW-Madison’s Language Institute through 2009. Many of the films were presented in collaboration with the Global Film Initiative and we thank them for their support and assistance over the years.

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