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 and student organizations 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 Spring 2019 Global Film Series is presented by the Office of Global Engagement and NCSU Libraries with sponsorship from campus partners including: University Scholars Program, Program in International Studies, Global Engagement Institute, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies , Middle East Studies, and NC State Global Health.

All films are free and open to the community. Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed - please arrive early!

January 15, 6:30 p.m., D. H. Hill Library Auditorium

The True Cost

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. Sponsored by the Program in International Studies.
Language: English
PG-13 for thematic elements and disturbing images

February 12, 6:30 p.m., D. H. Hill Library Auditorium


Winner of the Grand Prize Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, Makala tells the story of a young Congolese farmer’s dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. As he sets out on dangerous and exhausting adventures to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price he must pay for his dreams. Sponsored by the Global Engagement Institute.
Language: Swahili, French

March TBD, 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain, a gutsy streetwise Lebanese boy as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugees, is jailed for a crime, and sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Capernaum was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center and Middle East Studies Program.
Language: Arabic
Rated: R

Film showing date will be finalized in mid-January. Anticipated showing in mid-March.

April 9th, 6:30 p.m., D. H. Hill Library Auditorium

Bending the Arc

Bending the Arc is a documentary about a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high-quality health care available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the existing charity and medical establishments, these crusaders took their fight from the village to the world stage, to ensure that health care is a right for all, and that geography should not determine destiny. Sponsored by NC State Global Health.
Language: English

Are you interested in getting involved in the Global Film Series? Contact the Office of Global Engagement at