Penn State Berks Global Oscars presents ‘Les Misérables’ Sept. 21

September 15, 2021

WYOMISSING, Pa. — As part of the "Global Oscars Comes to Berks," Penn State Berks will present the film "Les Misérables," at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in room 5 of the Luerssen Building. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This film is not another adaptation of the well-known Victor Hugo novel, although it is set in the same area of France. Written and directed by Ladj Ly, "Les Misérables" is a 2019 French drama inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris. The film follows Brigadier Stéphane Ruiz, a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues, Chris and Gwada, Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control.

Beginning as a Cesar-winning short film, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize (in a tie with BACURAU) and was selected as France's entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

The next film in this semester's Global Oscars series will be "The Man Who Sold His Skin" on Oct. 19. The Global Oscars Series is presented by the Penn State Berks global studies baccalaureate degree program and the division of humanities, arts and social sciences. For more information, contact Kirk Shaffer, professor of Latin American studies, at 610-396-6258, or via email at

About the Penn State Berks Global Studies degree program

The bachelor of arts in global studies program offered by Penn State Berks is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in global studies. Students engage in active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive study abroad and internships. Graduates are well prepared for employment in a wide range of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, industries and businesses.

Last Updated September 15, 2021