Who’s watching a lot of movies these days? It’s one way to travel the world while still abiding by safer-at-home orders.
Before lockdown, UCLA Anderson students gathered for the Anderson International Film Festival (AIFF), which celebrates diversity with a line-up of screenings curated by student identity clubs. The third annual AIFF transported audiences to places as far-flung as Mexico, China, Germany, India, South Korea and Japan through the cinema of those nations and others.
Twelve UCLA Anderson identity clubs contributed to the third annual AIFF, including first-time participants Out@Anderson. The 12 screenings included Israel’s animated drama Waltz with Bashir from 2008, the 2003 breakout indie comedy Good Bye, Lenin! and the 2019 Best Picture Academy Award winner Parasite, to name a few.
Each screening was followed by a Q&A facilitated by first- and second-year full-time MBA leaders of the sponsoring student clubs. Hailing from the same countries as the films, these students led conversations around issues raised by each movie. Hiroyuki Tochigi (’20), Takuto Saito (’21) and Kevin Tente (’20) from the Japan America Business Association (JABA) led the discussion following Shoplifters, which won the 2018 Palme d’Or. They highlighted some of the subtleties that a non-Japanese audience could have missed.
More than 140 students across UCLA Anderson’s full-time and fully employed MBA programs registered through CampusGroups to attend AIFF. UCLA undergraduate students as well as Anderson Ph.D. students also joined screenings, and many who attended said they gained a better understanding of foreign countries and culture as a result of attending a screening and participating in the conversation. As a bonus, local and regional cuisines were served.
The festival was presented by the UCLA Anderson Entertainment Management Association and was sponsored by the Center for Global Management, the UCLA Anderson Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for MEMES and the International Business Association.