News Release

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2008

In an effort to promote diversity on campus and in the community, Western Technical College will host a mini-film festival featuring internationally acclaimed films. The events will be held on the fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in room 203 of the Coleman Center, 304 6th St. N., La Crosse.

On Feb. 27, the film “A Day without a Mexican” will be featured. In it, the state of California wakes up one morning to find that one third of its population has disappeared. A thick fog surrounds the state and communications outside its boundaries is completely cut off. As the day goes by, we discover that the 14 million people who have disappeared are of Hispanic descent.

On March 26, “Turtles Can Fly” will be shown. The film takes place in a small village and refugee camp on the border of Iraq and Turkey in the days leading up to America’s second war against Iraq. The film is less concerned with politics, than with the struggles of daily life, particularly those of the local children, many of them orphans and refugees, some of them maimed by mines and otherwise scarred by war.

On April 23, “The Story of the Weeping Camel” will be featured. Combining drama and documentary, this film follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia's Gobi region who face a crisis when a mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth. A violinist is summoned to the camp and a ritual of folk music and chanting is performed to promote the bond between mother and child.

Sponsored by Western’s Diversity and Global Education Committee, the events are free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided and other refreshments will be available.

For more information on the events, call 608.785.9537. To learn more about Western Technical College programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at