Common Ground Middletown International Film Festival

Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen acclaimed international films for the 8th Annual Common Ground Middletown International Film Festival. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about our world’s diverse cultures—their joys and their struggles—as we gather on ‘common ground’ to celebrate the shared human spirit.

  • All screenings are on Thursdays, beginning at 7:00pm.
  • Free admission.
  • Free Parking in the municipal lot directly across the street from the Russell Library.
  • All venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Brief introductions and Q&A after each film are provided by area scholars.
  • Light refreshments are available.

2017 Middletown International Film Festival IX

The Saver, First People Canada, 2015, directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Remote Control, Mongolia, 2013, directed by Byamba Sakhya
The Salesman, Iran, 2016, directed by Asghar Farhadi
Rams, Iceland, 2015, directed by Grimur Hakonarson
Difret, Ethiopia, 2014, directed by Zeresenay Mehari
The Kind Words, Israel, 2015, directed by Shemi Zarhin

2016 Middletown International Film Festival VIII

The Second Mother, Brazil, 2015, directed by Anna Muylaert
Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Canada, 2014, directed by Jeff Barnaby
Horses of God, France/Morocco, 2012, directed by Nabil Ayouch   
The Good Road, Gujarat, India, 2012, directed by Gyan Correa
Aftermath, Poland, 2012, directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski
The Fool, Russia, 2014, directed by Yury Bykov

2015 Middletown International Film Festival VII

The Other Son, (France, 2012, Directed by Lorraine Levy)
Leviathan (Russia, 2014, Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Lucky (South Africa, 2012, Directed by Avie Luthra)
Timbuktu (France/Africa, 2014, Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako)
Tangerines (Estonia/USA, 2013, Directed by Zaza Urushadze)
Josh (Against the Grain) Pakistan, 2013, Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal

2014 Middletown International Film Festival VI

Wadjda (2012) 98 min. Saudi Arabia - directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
The Rocket - (2013) 96 min. Australia, Thailand, Laos - directed by Kim Mordaunt
Monsieur Lazhar - (2011) 94 min. Canada - directed by Philippe Falardeau
War Witch (2012) 90 min. Democratic Republic of Congo - directed by Kim Nguyen
Shun Li and the Poet -(2011) 98 min. Italy - directed by Andrea Segre
Clandestine Childhood (2011) 112 min. Argentina - directed by Benjamin Avila

2013 Middletown International Film Festival V

More Than Frybread– directed by Travis Holt Hamilton, USA, 2011, 93 min. 
Mouth to Mouth– directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira, Spain, 1995, 106 min.
Saving Grace– directed by Nigel Cole, England, 2000, 93 min.
Intouchables– directed by Olivier Noakache, Eric Toledano, France, 2011, 112 min.
Working Class – directed by Tsui Hark, Hong Kong, 1985, 98 min.
In July – directed by Fatih Akin, Germany, 2000, 99 min.

2012 Middletown International Film Festival IV

My Voice (2002) Portuguese, directed by Flora Gomes
Seraphine (2008) French, directed by Martin Provost
The Concert (2009)Russian, directed by Radu Mihaileanu
Poetry (2010) Korean, directed by Chang-dong Lee
Dancing Dreams (2010) German, directed by Rainer Hoffmann and Anne Linsel
As It Is in Heaven (2004) Swedish, directed by Kay Pollak

2011 Middletown International Film Festival III

BOY - Taika Waititi, Director, New Zealand, 2010, 87 min.
Cherry Blossoms - Doris Dorrie, Director, Germany, 2008, 127 min.
Departures - Yojiro Takita, Director, Japan, 2008, 130 min.
Undertow - Javier Fuentes-Leon, Director, Peru, 2009, 100 min.
We Still Live Here - Anne Makepeace, Director, Native American, 2010, 82 min.
The Italian - Andrey Kravchuk, Director, Russia, 2005, 90 min.

2010 Middletown International Film Festival II

Sin Nombre - Honduran/Mexican
Kaadhal - South Indian/Tamil
Yesterday - South African
My Best Friend - French
The Cave of the Yellow Dog - Mongolian
Reel Injun - Native American

2009 Middletown International Film Festival I

Under the Same Moon - Latino
Offside - Iranian
Chungking Express - East Asian
Dance Me Outside and 4 shorts by local directors - First Nations/Native American
Golden Door - Italian
Everything is Illuminated - Ukranianian

Film Lists from The Middletown International Film Festivals

Common Ground International Film Festival is made possible by CT Humanities, Middletown Commission on the Arts, Friends of the Russell Library and many individual donors.

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