Ashland University to Offer French Film Festival

10/13/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Department of Foreign Languages, the French Club and Sigma Phi Iota are hosting its second annual Tournées French Film Festival, which will open with "Persepolis" on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The festival will feature five award-winning films on five consecutive Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16 in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public and the films will be in French with English subtitles.

"This event will bring an international dimension to entertainment for members of the Ashland University community as well as the surrounding community who would otherwise have to go to Cleveland or Columbus to enjoy first-rate French cinema on the big screen," said Lisa Bansen-Harp, assistant professor of foreign languages at Ashland University.

"Persepolis" shows the Iranian revolution from the eyes of a young, rebellious girl. Based on a graphic novel, this animated film on a serious topic received numerous awards when it came out in 2007.  It was back in the news this week when a television station in Tunisia was attacked by Islamic fundamentalists for planning to broadcast the movie.

For more on "Persepolis" or on the festival in general, go to: http://ashlandforeignlanguages.blogspot.com<http://ashlandforeignlanguages.blogspot.com/>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.