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Global Film Series

The Global Film Series at NC State is a collaborative initiative to bring a variety of international films to campus. These films 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..

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.

Animated Shorts from Ukraine

Thursday, January 18, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema

In this special screening, NC State alumna Darya Levchenko will introduce a series of 10 contemporary short animated films by Ukrainian filmmakers. With films ranging from Deep Water, about a lonely middle-aged mermaid who develops a passionate crush on a man to DeepLove, which uses absurdity and black humor to chronicle a city during decommunization, this collection of films features a wide variety of topics and animation styles. Total runtime 1 hour, 11 minutes. 

We hope you will join us in celebrating artists from Ukraine who are using animation to tell their stories. We are especially delighted to have Darya Levchenko as our guest, who will provide attendees with historical perspective and context of the films through a short introduction and post-screening Q&A.

About Darya: Ms. Levchenko holds an MA in English with a concentration in Film Studies from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and a double MA in Foreign Languages from Zaporizhzhia National University, Ukraine and Tallinn University, Estonia. She is the program coordinator of the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine and a Head Programmer for New Talents of the PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival) in Tallinn, Estonia. Darya is an alumna of the Fulbright, Edmund S. Muskie and Erasmus academic exchange programs and a 2018 Full Frame and 2023 Cannes Makers Fellow.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema

Yuni is a teenage girl — smart with big dreams of attending university. When two men she barely knows ask to marry her, she rejects their proposals, sparking gossip about a myth that a woman who rejects three proposals will never marry. The pressure is building when a third man asks for her hand, and Yuni must choose between the myth of a final chance at marriage, or her dream of future happiness.

Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes. In Indonesian with English subtitles. Watch the trailer here.


Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema

The life of a family of peach farmers in a small village in Catalonia changes when the owner of their large estate dies and his lifetime heir decides to sell the land, suddenly threatening their livelihood.

This is Carla Simón’s second feature, inspired by her own farming family from Alcarràs in the Catalonian region of Spain. All members of the extended Solé family, young and old alike, are played by non-professional actors speaking the Catalan dialect specific to the area. The film was Spain’s Official Selection for the 2023 Academy Awards for Best International Feature.

Not rated. In Catalan, Spanish and English, with subtitles. Running time: 2 hours. Watch the trailer here.

We are honored that Walter Goetz, Director, European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C., will be providing the opening remarks.

Free and open the public. Please register here.

Small Island Big Song

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema

Small Island Big Song is a union of musicians from Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Taiwan to Zenadth Kes/ The Torres Strait singing out from their Islands across the ocean, reuniting a shared ancestry of the seas. In the spirit of storytelling before the current borders were drawn, this film is an Oceanic Songline, a timely and uplifting musical plea for environmental and cultural awareness from those on the frontline of the climate crisis. We are honored that artists from Small Island Big Song and the film’s director Tim Cole will be joining us for a post-film discussion. This screening is part of Small Island Big Song’s residency at NC State, which will culminate in their performance at Stewart Theatre on April 12

Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes. Watch the trailer here.

The Global Film Series is a collaboration between the NC State University Libraries and NC State’s Office of Global Engagement. This screening is a special partnership with NC State LIVE.


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​.

Additional Questions?

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