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.

Virtual Global Film Series

We invite you to join us for a virtual Global Film Series - watch your carefully selected films from home!

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After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or.

The film will be introduced by Dr. David Ambaras, Professor of History in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University. This film is sponsored by the NC Japan Center and Morinaga America Foods.

Rated: R (for some sexual content and nudity) - Japanese with English subtitles, 121 minute runtime

Before the film, we invite you to join us at Fountain Dining Hall for a Japanese menu!


Grazing the Amazon

This award-winning documentary explores deforestation and cattle industry in the Brazilian Amazon. There are 85 million cows in the Brazilian Amazon: three times as many cows as people. Agriculture is a key driver of the Brazilian economy, accounting for almost 24 percent of the country's GDP in 2017, and Brazil is expected to play a critical role in feeding the rapidly growing global population. Yet since the 1970s, approximately 20 percent of the Brazilian Amazon has been cleared. This film examines this challenging issue at depth, through thought-provoking interviews with cattle ranchers—including some who have adopted and advocate sustainable practices—, slaughterhouse owners, government officials, and environmental activists.

The film introduction will be given by Dr. Erin Sills, Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. This film is sponsored by the College of Natural Resources at NC State University.

NR - Portuguese with English Subtitles, 50 minutes runtime

The Global Film Series is held in the Campus Cinema located within the Witherspoon Student Center. The Campus Cinema features 455 seats with digital projection and upgraded digital surround sound. Vending machines are available, but there is no concession stand. You may bring in outside snacks.

Address: 2810 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

Free public parking is available throughout campus after 5:00pm in faculty/staff parking areas (labeled with a ‘C’ or ‘B’). Residential parking areas are enforced 7am-midnight. Please pay special attention to parking signs to ensure you are parked in an area that will not receive a ticket.
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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​.

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

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