Ukrainian gymnasts and Bangladeshi unions in the Global Film Series this spring

Film poster for “Olga,” a film by Elie Grappe and for "Made in Bangladesh" by Rubaiyat Hossain

Film poster for “Olga,” a film by Elie Grappe and for "Made in Bangladesh" by Rubaiyat Hossain

The Global Film Series brings a variety of international and globally-focused films to campus. The Libraries, NC State Global, and other campus partners select current releases, documentaries, and classics highlighting the joys and struggles of people around the globe. These films also provide a venue for faculty and student organizations to share their international experiences and expertise with a wider campus and community audience.

All screenings are held at the Witherspoon Student Center (2810 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606) and feature an academic introduction and an opportunity for reflection at the film's conclusion. Screenings are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.

The spring 2023 Global Film Series is as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
A talented young gymnast from Kyiv, played by real-life former Ukrainian national team member Anastasiia Budiashkina, moves to Switzerland to pursue her Olympic dreams. Set in 2014, the film follows 15-year-old Olga as she relentlessly trains in preparation for the European Championships. Meanwhile, her friends and family back in the Ukraine are taking to the streets in what would become known as the Maidan Revolution. This tense yet delicate portrait of exile, ambition, and identity won the SACD Prize at Cannes Critics Week and features a star-making turn from its fearless lead. Runtime 1:27. French, Ukrainian, and Russian with English subtitles.

View the trailer for Olga. Register to attend here.

Made In Bangladesh
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way. Directed by Rubaiyat Hossain. Runtime 1:35. English and Bengali with English subtitles.

View the trailer for Made in Bangladesh.