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David M. Kennedy Center opens summer film series

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will begin its summer film series Wednesday, June 6. All screenings are at noon and at 3 p.m. in  238 Herald R. Clark Building. Admission is free.

Cinema provides more than a supplement for serious students of international relations, according to  Cory Leonard, assistant director of the David M. Kennedy Center.

“We started with recommendations from Dan Drezner of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard University on, as well as Robert Gregg of American University,” said Leonard. “Then we consulted Ken Stiles, the David M. Kennedy Center’s international relations faculty coordinator, and designed the following series of ‘classics’ for our students' viewing pleasure — and as a starting point for discussion, debate and exploration.”

What are your top IR films? Submit three of them, including a short rationale, via email to by Tuesday, July 24, to be entered to win a new Dakine International Study Programs backpack as well a $25 gift card.

The summer film schedule will include:

June 6: Alexander Nevsky (1938, Russian with English subtitles, B&W, 108 minutes) and Shane (1953, 118 minutes).

June 13: Duck Soup (1933, B&W, 68 minutes) and The Mouse that Roared (1959, English/French, 83 minutes).

June 20: Lawrence of Arabia (1962, English/Arabic/Turkish, 216 minutes) and The Man Who Would be King (1975, 129 minutes).

June 27: The Battle of Algiers (1966, French/Italian/English/Arabic, B&W, 121 minutes) and Nuremberg (2000, English/German, 180 minutes).

July 11: Fail Safe (1964, B&W, 112 minutes) and Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, English/Russian, B&W, 95 minutes).
July 18: Seven Days in May (1964, B&W, 118 minutes) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965, B&W, 110 minutes).
July 25: Hotel Rwanda (2004, English/French, 121 minutes) and The Interpreter (2005, Aboriginal/English/French/Portuguese, 128 minutes).
For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.

Writer: Lee Simons

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