World Cinema Day

World Cinema Day brings middle and high school students and teachers to Madison for a special free screening of a high-quality, international film with an introduction before the film and a Q&A/discussion after the film. Advance registration is required for this event. 

Event Schedule:

10:45-11 am Students arrive at the Barrymore theater

11 am Brief introduction from Wisconsin International Resource Consortium (WIRC) 

11:10 am Film screening begins (runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes) 

12:40 pm Discussion and Q&A moderated by Ceci Moffett with expert panelists: Yaya DiattaMichael Oshindoro and Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor 

1:30 pm End of event, return to busses

This is an annual event held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival.

2024 Film Selection: Totem (2022)

April 5, 2024, 11 am
Barrymore Theater
in Dutch with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Ama is the daughter of Senegalese asylum seekers. Rotterdam, where she has lived her whole life, feels like home. Ama’s life is changed when her mother and brother are brought into the police station for questioning and possible deportation. Ama sets off on a journey to find her father and avoid deportation herself. It is during this unexpected adventure that she uncovers the truth about where she comes from and who she is, thanks in part to her new companion, an extraordinary totem animal: a gigantic porcupine.

Sponsored by WIRC and the Wisconsin Film Festival

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"Rickshaw Girl" World Cinema Day 2023

World Cinema Day 2023

Rickshaw Girl, based on a novel by Mitali Perkins

Language: English/Bangla (Bengali)

Mitali Perkins herself will introduce the film and hold a discussion & Q&A after the film

A daring Bangladeshi teen-aged girl battles the dangers of the big city when she disguises herself as a boy to earn extra cash for her struggling family.

Learn more about the film and view the trailer here.



10:45-11:10 Students arrive at Shannon Hall (located inside the Memorial Union)
11:10 Brief introduction of the film
11:20 Film screening begins (Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes)
1:00 Q&A with Mitali Perkins, author of Rickshaw Girl
1:30 Return to Busses or Go to Lunch

Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Following the film, students are welcome to move to Memorial Union Terrace, Library Mall, or Bascom Hill for lunch. No food is allowed in the theatre.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Fowler at