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Five years of French culture at UC Blue Ash

Grandma and grandson cooking together

Cooking scene from film Tazzeka

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is celebrating its fifth and final year of the Tournées French Film Festival. This event features six new and different French films over six weeks this fall. Students and community members are welcome to attend, free of charge, to experience French language (with English subtitles), culture and contemporary films.

Each new film will be shown on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 3 in the auditorium at Muntz Hall, located on the UC Blue Ash campus. Although the films will have subtitles so the audience can easily follow along, some of the scenes may not be suitable for all ages; viewer discretion is advised.

All of the films shown are new to the festival every year. Jody Ballah, a French professor at the UC Blue Ash campus, has helped to make this possible through a grant she secured through the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), which provides the funding to pay for the public viewing rights of each film that will be shown.

“I think the festival is a great way to unite the Greater Cincinnati community with the college community and also students from different disciplines who can bring their interests to the film screenings,” said Ballah.

She and a guest speaker facilitate a discussion after each film so that viewers can share their thoughts and observations with others in the auditorium. There will be a different guest speaker at each showing who will share their own expertise with the audience.

Visit the French Film Festival's webpage to see more about each of the featured films.

**All showings are from 7-9 p.m. in Muntz Auditorium on the UC Blue Ash campus.

Oct. 3 – Barbara

Guest Speaker – Dr. John Alberti, Northern Kentucky University

**Opening night will have some refreshments available, welcome by the Dean

Oct. 17 – Tazzeka

Guest Speaker – Dr. Michael Gott, University of Cincinnati

Oct. 24 – La Douleur/Memoir of War

Guest Speaker – Dr. Evan Torner, University of Cincinnati

Nov. 7 – Le Corbeau/The Raven

Guest Speaker – Dr. Matthew Norman, UC Blue Ash College

Nov. 14 – L’Homme Fidèle/ A Faithful Man

Guest Speaker – Dr. Gisele Loriot-Raymer, Northern Kentucky University

Nov. 21 – Le Retour du Héros/Return of the Hero

Guest Speaker – Professor Matt Bennett, UC Blue Ash College

Featured image Credit: A scene from the film La Douleur, one of six French films that will be featured this fall at UC Blue Ash.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in more than 50 degree and certificate programs, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio. To learn more, call 513-745-5600, visit us online, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.