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Old Dominion University's eighth annual Film and Video Festival, "Diaspora: Nations in Search of Home," will chart cultural manifestations of modern diasporas around the world through a variety of films and lectures to be presented through April 8.

"The recorded history of the diaspora experience is as old as the Jewish people. Jewish history has become the ultimate meta-narrative of a nation's migration throughout the millennia in search of a permanent home," said festival director Frederick A. Lubich, chair of foreign languages and literatures.

The festival will pay tribute to this history in a variety of presentations, ranging from films on Jewish communities in Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, and the flight of Jews from Nazi Germany into the heartland of Africa.

Taking Jewish history as the cultural matrix of the diaspora experience, the festival will explore more recent conflicts and challenges faced by many ethnic, cultural and religious minorities. Films and lectures will address the African and Palestinian diaspora; the growing tensions between Europe's Christian culture and its rapidly expanding Muslim communities; the dreams and nightmares of immigrants from India and Africa to Great Britain; the trials and triumphs of Greek, Irish, Acadian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants to the New World; and the vibrant growth of the Latino and Filipino communities in the United States.

"As a whole, this festival can serve as a multifaceted crystal ball, reflecting the present and future of an increasingly global, transnational and
multicultural world civilization," Lubich said.

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, April 8
10 a.m. - "In Our Aunties' Words" (2004)
Hampton / Newport News Room, Webb University Center

11 a.m. - "Putting the Asian Diaspora in Context"
Hampton / Newport News Room, Webb University Center

3 p.m. - Student films
Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building, Room 102

7 p.m. - "El Norte" (1983)
Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building, Room 102

This article was posted on: April 7, 2005

This article was posted on: April 8, 2005

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