Global Film Series

The Global Film Series at NC State is a collaborative initiative to bring a variety of international and globally-focused films to campus. Interdisciplinary partners across campus select films from current releases, documentaries and classics highlighting the joys and struggles of the global community in which we live. These films also provide a venue for faculty, staff, and students to share their global experiences and expertise with a wider campus and community audience. All films feature an academic introduction and an opportunity for reflection at the film's conclusion.

The Global Film Series is presented by the Office of Global Engagement and NC State University Libraries. All films are free and open to the community.

Fall 2020 Virtual Global Film Series

We are excited to announce that the Fall 2020 season of the Global Film Series will continue in a virtual format!

Want to learn more about Japanese Language and Culture?

The NC Japan Center, in cooperation with the Global Film Series, is pleased to offer a FREE “Survival Japanese / Japanese Business Etiquette Workshop” on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5:00PM, via Zoom. After this workshop, participants will feel confident in basic Japanese greetings, directions, and emergency language, as well as understand the basic tenets of Japanese business etiquette. This workshop is open to the public. To register, visit:

Ongoing Films

Rafiki (2018)

Originally banned in Kenya, Rafiki (“friend”, Swahili) tells the love story of Kena, a studious introvert, and Ziki, a free spirit. With beautiful, nuanced performances and engaging visuals, this film will stay with you long after viewing. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, the film was selected to premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was the first Kenyan film to screen at the festival.

NR, Language: English, Swahili (CC available), Country: Kenya

Watch Rafiki




Zoo (2017)

Young Tom Hall (Art Parkinson) and his misfit friends fight to save “Buster” the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1941.

Rated: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Language: English (CC available), Country: Ireland

Watch Zoo

Staff from the Office of Global Engagement and the University Libraries, working with campus partners, select international films that participants are able to stream online from home. To participate, simply follow the steps below.
  1. Register to participate! Space is limited.
  2. The film will be available to view for during one predetermined week (see film information about for dates). At the beginning of the airing period, all registered participants will receive an email with the link to view the film.
  3. Each film will also come with a recorded or written introduction. One of our amazing NC State faculty will provide this academic introduction, just like at our in-person series.
  4. You watch/read the introduction and stream the film at your own convenience (but be sure to do so before the link expires).
  5. Attend a post-film discussion! Each film will feature a virtual post-film activity (talk/lecture, panel discussion, etc).

The films will be posted online and registered participants will receive the film via a private Vimeo link.
  • On your phone or computer
    • Click on the link to view the film.
    • Vimeo has apps available on iOS and Android.
  • On your TV
    • If your TV has Smart Apps, Vimeo apps are available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, and Chromecast. more info
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    • You can also connect your laptop to your TV via HDMI cable to view on your TV.
  • In addition, many of our films might be available on other streaming platforms you have access to.

We hope to one day return to in-person film showings, however, at this time we have moved the Global Film Series to a completely virtual format.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Do you have a question about the Global Film Series? Are you interested in sponsoring a film or getting involved in the Global Film Series? Contact the Office of Global Engagement at

View Past Films