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Oct. 26, 2005

IWP Presents International Films Oct. 30, Nov. 2 And Nov. 7 At UI

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present three international film screenings, free events on Oct. 30, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7.

The Malaysian film "Sepet," winner of the 2005 Malaysian Film Festival, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Room 105E of the Adler Journalism Building. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Malaysian actress and producer Sandra Sodhy, who is in residence at the UI this fall through the IWP.

A screening of the Macedonian film "Before the Rain," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building, will be followed by a conversation with IWP writers Lidija Dimkovska from Macedonia and Edi Shukriu from Kosova.

The Islamic Societies Community of Scholars will co-sponsor the Palestinian film "Wedding in Galilee" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building, with commentary by Syrian screenwriter Nihad Sirees, who is working on a TV series about Kahlil Gibran during his IWP residency.

The screenings are also supported by the Institute for Cinema and Culture, part of UI International Programs.

Biographies of all the current IWP writers are accessible at

Through the IWP 36 writers from 29 countries have been members of the UI community since late August.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the UI. IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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