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World Cinema Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival that brings high school students and teachers to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for a screening of a high-quality international film along with an introduction and discussion led by a UW faculty member or guest.

World Cinema Day 2014 will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014.
At The Marquee Theatre, Union South on the campus of the UW-Madison.

This event is free, and there is no limit to the number of students a high school may bring. Seats are limited so registration is first-come, first served.


World Cinema Day 2014 feature film:


Directors: Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson
Greenlandic, with subtitles in English
Denmark, 2012 (82 minutes)

Lars is the only teenager in town who, in a community of hunters, doesn't want to hunt. Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of only 59, with no local industry people are being forced to leave to find jobs in the nearest town. Like all villages, Niaqornat has its supporters and detractors amongst the local populace. Village At The End Of The World is a film that reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world, this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth. Read more.

See the trailer

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Introduction and post-film discussion led by Professor Tom DuBois who teaches in both the Scandinavian Studies Department and the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. He studies arctic peoples, particularly those of Scandinavia. He knows the realities of arctic winter darkness firsthand, and he has led UW students to Finland, Sweden, and Norway, where they've experienced the same! He loves film and the ways in which it creates images and understandings of other cultures.


09:30am - School groups begin to arrive at Union South
10:00am - Welcome by World Cinema Day organizers
10:05am - Introduction by Professor Tom DuBois
10:15am - Screen The Village at the End of the World
11:30am - Post-film discussion
12:15pm - World Cinema Day ends

Venue: The Marquee, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI


Registration for WCD 2014 has closed.


Guiding questions for The Village at the End of the World

What makes up "quality of life" for a community?

Is it better to live in a small, rural area, or to move to a bigger town or city, and why?

What is the responsibility of a national government toward its small communities?

Should the government help sustain the economy in small, outlying places or should market forces alone be allowed to determine whether a town survives or not?

Hunting is a traditional part of Inuit life. Who should decide whether hunting continues and under what circumstances?

Tourism offers economic opportunities for small communities. How does tourism alter local livelihoods and culture?

As you watch the film, what parallels do you see in Wisconsin communites?

Online resources

Interview with filmmaker Sarah Gavron
"On the edge: How Greenland's Inuit village of Niaqornat is fighting for survival" in The Independent, 4/21/2013.

An overview of Inuit traditional values, such as adoption, as outlined in the autonomous region of Canada called Nunavut

A look at the products of the Royal Greenland fish company that owned the factory in the village of Niaqornat.

The site for the animal rights organization started by the French actress Brigitte Bardot.

Questions for International Film

Long-time friend of World Cinema Day, Katharine Conover (from the Janesville Academy for International Studies) provided WCD with these Questions for International Film which she has used in past years to help shape discussions around the various films.


Please contact Catherine Reiland by email or phone -- 608.262.4461 -- if you have any questions about World Cinema Day.

World Cinema Day is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium.

Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium Wisconsin Film Festival

World Cinema Day has been offering films for high school students since 2004, and includes the following screenings:

  • 2009 ›› Football Under Cover (Germany/Iran)
  • 2008 ›› Fermat's Room (Spain)
  • 2007 ›› Of Love and Eggs (Indonesia)
  • 2006 ›› Stolen Life (China)
  • 2005 ›› Daughter of Keltoum (Tunisia)
  • 2004 ›› Ticket to Jerusalem (Israel)

WCD was started in 2004 and coordinated by UW-Madison's Language Institute through 2009.

Many of the films were presented in collaboration with the Global Film Initiative and we thank them for their support and assistance over the years.