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The Searchers: Cinematic Odysseys
Shelly Isaacs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Since the beginning of recorded time, people have "searched" for the source for great storytelling. Great stories spring from searching for a way back home, for a lost love, for understanding, or for a place in the world. In films, the search offers a myriad of visual and metaphorical possibilities. These acclaimed films offer diverse narrative journeys, with deeply felt characters, exotic locations, and enlightening encounters.

1. House of Sand: Brazil, 2006 - Set in Brazil's Maranhão desert, three generations of women, from 1910 to 1969 poignantly and dramatically reveal that the human, especially the female, capacity for survival knows no bounds.
2. Les Cowboys: France, 2016 - When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, her father and brother begin a quest that takes them far from home to learn the truth of her disappearance.
3. The Edge of Heaven: Germany/Turkey, 2007 - Six characters become connected across borders in a search for reconnection, redemption, reconciliation and identity.
4. Things to Come: France, 2016 - A philosophy teacher begins a journey of self-evaluation after losing her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available throughout South Florida. Since 2000, he has curated and hosted programs in theaters, libraries, museums and other universities in Miami, Aventura, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Previously, he enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 35 years, specializing in Feature Film, TV and Radio promotion. Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Since 2009, Shelly has expanded internationally, presenting his programs on cruises throughout the world.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Mondays, February 26; March 5, 12, 19
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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