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Four Spanish Films This Spring in South Orange

AllAboutMyMotherHungry for foreign film? Love to watch and discuss your favorite cinema?

Check out La Cinémathèque Film Club, a monthly offering that features classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers at The Baird Center in South Orange.  The film club is an interactive experience, with commentary and analysis prepared by educator, artist and filmmaker, Gerard Amsellem.

To register for the club, visit or call 973-378-7754.

Tha Biard Center is located at 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.

This Spring, La Cinémathèque presents “Four Films by Spain’s gifted filmmakers”:

March 10 The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Director: Luis Bunuel

April 7 Cria Cuervos (1975)
Director: Carlos Saura

May 5 All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodovar

June 9 The Sea Inside (2004)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar

(The cost of membership to the film club is $45.  Click here for more details.)



GlobalSOMA Annual Meeting

At its 2013 Annual Meeting, GlobalSOMA elected Andrew Lee to be President of the organization. James Nathenson was reelected Treasurer, and Andrew was designated as Acting Secretary.

GlobalSOMA’s Board of Trustees discussed the organization’s plans for the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more exciting events, information, and highlights from our globally-aware community.


Summer Camps for the Global Child

Summer 2013 is approaching and many parents are asking — what kinds of summer camp opportunities exist for the globally-minded child in our community?

Here are three you may not know about.

(1)  The Global Arts Day Camp @ South Mountain YMCA
This day camp for young learners (K-2) focuses on one particular culture for each session.  This year the focus countries are Turkey, Brazil and Kenya.  Children explore these cultures through music, dance, crafts, arts and games.  The camp is located at Temple Sharey Tefilo, and is an affordable option at $855 for each three week session.  To learn more, click here.

(2)  iD Tech Camps @ Seton Hall University
Offered at Seton Hall University in South Orange, InternalDrive Tech Camp is one of the World’s top global science and technology camps for children.  iD Tech Camps offer an array of day and overnight camps for children ages 7 – 17.  The camp offers cutting edges courses in programming, app development, and game design, mixed in with off-computer games and sports.  Check out the camp’s introductory video.

(3)  Global Leadership Adventures
The Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) program is not based in New Jersey, but offers opportunities for high school students, ages 15 – 18, to travel abroad for service and volunteer-oriented learning in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  This year, for example, GLA, is offering a service program in India, where participants tackle issues of sustainability and organize a camp for children.  The tuition cost varies by program.  To learn more, check out the video below.

For more information on other types of summer camps in New Jersey, check out resources like NJ Summer Camp Fairs and The Camp Channel.



Reading of “An Unexpected Guest”

On Friday, November 2, 2012, GlobalSOMA is sponsoring a reading by author Anne Korkeakivi of her novel AN UNEXPECTED GUEST, an intricate story of passion and intrigue among diplomats in Paris.

GlobalSOMA Advisory Trustee Marina Budhos recently wrote in Patch about the novel:

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And then I went home and bought and read her novel, An Unexpected Guest…  Its structure is clearly a peon to Mrs. Dalloway, for it takes place in one day, as a hostess, Clare, the wife of Edward, an American diplomat, is preparing for an important dinner party when the past comes knocking.  In this case—unlike Clarissa’s Peter Walsh, who has returned from his career in the Indian Civil Service, this is the haunted, geo-political past of IRA terrorism. As in Mrs. Dalloway, we track Clare as she manages her menu, her staff, and some mysterious troubles with her teenage son.  And like Mrs. Dalloway, this is a deceptively quiet surface book, yet set in present day, post 9/11 Paris, with its high red-alert tensions…

An Unexpected Guest is a patient book, impressively skillful for a first novel as Korkeakivi balances the artful arrangement of domestic life with the eruptive energy of past youthful passions, and the tension of present-day political fears.  And, to my surprise, about a third of the way through–that slow and careful build suddenly becomes a compelling page-turner that I stayed up late, racing to finish.

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WHAT:  A Reading by Anne Korkeakivi of her novel AN UNEXPECTED GUEST.

WHERE:  Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood.

WHEN:  Friday, November 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

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UPDATE:  GlobalSOMA’s sponsored reading by Anne Korkeakivi of AN UNEXPECTED GUEST was well-attended and provided a well-deserved break for community members from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  For photos, check out GlobalSOMA’s facebook page.

Author Anne Korkeakivi reads from her book AN UNEXPECTED GUEST

Listening to a GlobalSOMA reading by Anne Korkeakivi


Film Screening Gets a Great Response!

About 20 people attended GlobalSOMA’s film screening of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.  After the film, several of the attendees shared their thoughts and experiences.

One young Chinese woman had gone through K – 8 in the Chinese system recalled how she had participated in exactly the kind of school monitor election portrayed in the film.  Her family now lives in Maplewood.

Another young man, currently at Maplewood Middle School, questioned whether the elementary students in the film had the capacity for making intelligent votes at their age.

Also in attendance was the Principal of a public Middle School in New York City who said that the film challenged many of the stereotypes she had about China’s educational system.

All in all, it was a great afternoon of film and discussion.


A discussion of the film PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.

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