Foreign Language Film Night Series (FFuN)

About the FFuN Film Series

The SDSU-LARC Foreign Language Film Night (FFuN) series has a little bit of film fun for everyone. We screen one foreign language film per week of the semester, sixteen films each Spring and Fall, in the various languages taught at SDSU and a few more. During this period of online learning, all films screen in Zoom. Students enrolled in a course in a film’s language are eligible to attend the live screening (even if it’s not a public one). Email creative director, Stacy Nyikos (snyikos@sdsu.edu), for the link.

This Spring 2021, we’re adding to the FFuN by screening six films synchronously for the general public in The Languages of SoCal mini-series. The film will be followed by a discussion with a San Diego university/college faculty and a neighbor about cultural aspects of the film and their immigrant experiences. The discussion will last about 30 minutes and include a Q&A open to all participants.

We’re partnering up with the San Diego Public Library System for the Languages of SoCal miniseries. They will be sharing the series with all San Diego Public library patrons. And, we are also very fortunate to be collaborating with SDSU’s local public branch library, College-Rolando. The main librarian to contact about the series is Bijan Nowroozian. News about each film with go out to patrons on a weekly basis, so if you’re a library patron, check your library’s main page and email blasts for film news.

This series is an ongoing - and growing - collaboration. If you’ve got a film suggestion, reach out! We’re always looking for new films to include in upcoming seasons. If you know of a group in the SoCal area that might enjoy the series, email the creative director, Stacy Nyikos (snyikos@sdsu.edu). She’ll be happy to share the series with them.

Upcoming Film and Discussion - Wednesday, 9/15/21, 6:30- 9:00pm PT

Mokalik (Nigeria 2019)

mokalik film posterSynopsis: Mokalik captures a day in a mechanic workshop in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria. It goes through the story of the main character, Ponmile, a 12-year old boy, whose father offers him as an apprentice to the head of the mechanics, Chairman. In the course of Ponmile’s daily interactions with the characters in the workshop, the viewers, as well as Ponmile himself, discover his true purpose: to be a mechanic. In the course of the day, Ponmile meets a number of people who change his impressions of things, among whom is Simi, the beautiful daughter of Iya Simi, for whom he develops a love interest. At the end of the movie, Ponmile seems to have found his purpose, and he tells his father that he would love to continue being an apprentice.

Discussant: Kelechi Ndho is a student in the Fowler Business School and from the Southeastern part of Nigeria. He will lead a discussion about business culture in Nigeria and how it is reflected in this film.

Upcoming Fall 2021 FFuN Films

Film Title / Year
(Click to view trailer)
Country / GenreDateTimeLocation / Link
MOKALIK (2019)Nigerian (drama)Sept. 15, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
LUCKY GRANDMA (2020)Chinese (dramedy)Sept. 22, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
THE CHAMBERMAID (2019)Mexico (drama)Sept. 29, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
AINU MOSIR (2020)Japanese (mockumentary)Oct. 6 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
HE EVEN HAS YOUR EYES (2017)French (comedy)Oct. 13, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
THROUGH ERNESTO’S EYES (2019)Brazil (dramedy)Oct. 20, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
FAN GIRL (2020)
Philippines (romance)Oct. 27, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSynchronous Screening with discussants
10/27/21 Zoom registration link
ROSE ISLAND (2020)Italian (comedy)Nov. 3, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH (2021)Germany (sci-fi)Nov. 10, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
ASIA (2020) Israel (drama)Nov. 17, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSynchronous Screening with discussants
10/6/21 Zoom registration link
ANOTHER ROUND (2020)Danish (tragi-comedy)Nov. 24, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTAsynchronous Screening
Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Hulu, Apple TV
SUN CHILDREN (2020)Iran (drama)Dec. 1, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSynchronous Screening with discussants
12/1/21 Zoom registration link
MAJOR GROM – THE PLAGUE DOCTOR (2021)Russia (superhero / blockbuster)Dec. 8, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTSDSU Class Screening
HEROIC LOSERS (2019)Argentina (dramedy)Dec. 8, 20216:30-9:00 pm PTAsynchronous Screening
Available on HBO via Amazon Prime