SOU to Host Foreign Language Film Festival

(Ashland, Ore.) —The Southern Oregon University Department of Foreign Languages has announced that its inaugural Foreign Language Film Festival will take place May 1-3 on campus at SOU. The festival will feature eight films in five different languages and is designed to get students and the community excited about and interested in foreign languages.
“Though the festival is open to all, the films we’ve selected are really targeted toward teens and young adults,” according to Christiane Pyle, SOU German instructor and organizer of the Foreign Language Film Festival.
High schools and community colleges from throughout the Rogue Valley and as far away as Roseburg and Klamath Falls have been invited and are planning to attend the event, which will feature student-led panel discussions after each film.
The film festival aims to renew interest and excitement in foreign languages in general, and in foreign language programs offered at SOU. “This is a very exciting and interesting field of study,” said Professor Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, another of the festival’s organizers. “We hope that this event will help bring some attention to the wonderful programs at SOU.”
This year’s lineup includes films in American Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, all of which will be subtitled. The showings are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
More information, including a full schedule of screenings, can be found online at Those interested in attending can contact Kyla Boswell by phone at 541-552-6436 or via email at
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