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 2016 will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
At the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI.

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

The film for World Cinema Day 2016 will be:

Celestial Camel (Hебесный Bерблюд)
Director: Yuri Feting
Russian & Kalmyk, with subtitles in English
Republic of Kalmykia, Russia, 2015 (90 minutes)

A diligent sheep herder, 12-year-old Bayir also cares for his family’s two camels, a mother and her calf. Bayir and his siblings revere the light-coloured young camel, the birth of which their grandfather declared a good omen, so they’re devastated when their father sells it to pay off a debt. When the calf’s distraught mother flees, Bayir sets out to find both camels amidst an ongoing drought. Embarking on his mission with just a few supplies and an oversized motorcycle, he encounters some helpful allies — and great danger. Bayir is determined to make his family proud, and his story provides the audience with a thought-provoking look into a different way of life. Watch the trailer.

As usual, the film will be introduced and a post-film discussion led by a UW-Madison faculty member.

Schedule & Venue

  • 08:30am – Arrival & check-in at the Barrymore Theatre
  • 09:15am – Welcome by World Cinema Day organizers
  • 09:20am – Introduction by TBA
  • 09:30am – Screen Celestial Camel
  • 11:15am – Post-screening Q&A and discussion
  • 11:45am – World Cinema Day ends

Venue: Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI

Registration Information

Registration for WCD 2016 has now closed!
Deadline to register for WCD 2016 was Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Curriculum Materials

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 us by email or phone – 608.265.6298 – 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:

  • 2015 – Girlhood (France)
  • 2014 – Village at the End of the World (Greenland)
  • 2013 – The Painting (France)
  • 2012 – Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
  • 2011 – The Colors of the Mountain (Colombia)
  • 2010 – Masquerades (Algeria)
  • 2009 – Football Under Cover (Germany)
  • 2008 – Fermat’s Room (Spain)
  • 2007 – Of Love and Eggs (Indonesia)
  • 2006 – Stolen Life (China)
  • 2005 – Daughter of Keltoum (Tunisia)
  • 2004 – Ticket to Jerusalem (Israel)

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.