Global Oscars comes to Berks on Sept. 8

September 01, 2016

This fall, as part of the Global Studies degree program's "Global Oscars Comes to Berks," Penn State Berks will present four films: "Embrace the Serpent" on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016; "Mustang" on Thursday, Oct. 6; "A War" on Thursday, Nov. 3; and "Son of Saul," on Thursday, Dec. 1; all at 6 p.m. in room 121 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. All four films are free and open to the public.

"Embrace the Serpent" is a 2015 Colombian adventure drama film, which tells the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman who is the last survivor of his tribe. He travels with two scientists to look for the rare yakruna, a sacred healing plant.

"Mustang," a 2015 French drama set in a small village in Turkey, follows the lives of five beautiful young sisters whose home transforms itself into a prison after their extremely conservative elders witness them playing innocently with some boys. The sisters struggle to retain their freedom as their guardians begin arranging forced marriages while they are confined within their house.

"A War" is a 2015 Danish film about the difficult choices that are presented during war and their devastating consequences. The story is set in Afghanistan and follows a Danish commander, Claus M. Pedersen, who is accused of civil murder during a routine mission in order to save his men.

"Son of Saul," a 2015 Hungarian film that won the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, recreated the horrors of 1944 Auschwitz. A Hungarian prisoner by the name of Saul Auslander is given work at the Auschwitz Crematorium to burn the corpses of his own people. However, he salvages the body of a boy he believes is his son and is determined, by any costs, to give the boy a proper burial.

For more information about the Global Oscars, contact Kirk Shaffer, associate professor of Latin American studies, at 610-396-6258, or via email at


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Last Updated September 01, 2016