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Film Screening: Higher Than Flames Will Go

World Cultures
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM (ET)

A special zoom screening on Thursday April 29th at 7pm of the film festival award-winning film, Higher Than Flames Will Go presented by Peter Schulman, and the Graduate Society for International Studies at ODU. The author, one of Canada's most prominent poets, Louise Dupré, and the film's director Monique Leblanc will be on hand live after the film. Dr. Peter Schulman, ODU, Tirza Leibowitz, Associate Director for Legal Advocacy of the Open Society in NYC, and Melanie Loisel former Radio-Canada reporter will moderate the discussion.

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In this cinematic tour de force, Monique LeBlanc brings to the screen Louise Dupré’s Award-winning book of poetry, Plus Haut Que Les Flammes, recited in its entirety in the film by actress Violette Chauveau. Devastated by a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, a woman, a grandmother, tries to go on living and caring for a child. Because beyond the worst man-made horrors there is childhood, through which all roads to the future must pass. Weaving different stories, different experiences, and different landscapes together, from Auschwitz to Canada via the United States, Nicaragua and the Ukraine, the filmmaker offers a moving meditation on how we might elevate the youth that will inherit this world “higher than flames will go.” In French and other languages with English subtitles.

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