You can see a lot of the world this weekend simply by going to the movies. Tonight marks the beginning of a three-day symposium on India’s parallel cinema at the University of Chicago (which I noted yesterday), the Chicago Latino Film Festival starts tomorrow at 600 North Michigan, and in Edgewater the eighth annual Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film runs tomorrow and Saturday at Loyola University’s Sullivan Center. Like the Adoor Gopalakrishnan movies playing at the Indian symposium, the films in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian festival are free and open to the public. You can find the complete schedule here.
According to its website, the festival aims to “show new films by Bosnia and Herzegovinia’s emerging directors and revive a few classics unknown to American audiences” (although this year’s program features only new works). It also aspires to “increase the visibility of the Chicago community of Bosnians and Herzegovinians, the largest in the United States.” Given the size of the local population, these screenings are likely to be well-attended, ditto the postfestival concert at Lincoln Square’s Cafe Bel-Ami on Saturday night. As much as movies can teach you about foreign cultures, it’s also nice to encounter them in the flesh.