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The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre, offers an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the world. Our Byre World programme showcases some of the research being carried out by the School of Modern Languages and brings together artists, filmmakers, writers and academics. All events are open to university staff and students and the general public.

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Programme of events, Semester 2 2017-18

Wednesday 31 January, 7pm

The Faces We Lost (dir. Piotr Cieplak)
The Faces We Lost follows nine Rwandans who guide us through their stories and share their experiences, remembrance and images of the 1994 genocide. We will be joined by the film’s director, Piotr Cieplak, for a Q&A after the screening.

Wednesday 14 February, 5pm

In Conversation with Monika Szydlowska
Dr Emily Finer (Dept of Russian, University of St Andrews) will join Monika Szydlowska for a discussion of her work that has been recently published as a book Do You Miss Your Country? (2016).

Wednesday 28 February, 7pm

The Uncondemned (dir. Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel, 2015)
The Uncondemned is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime.

Wednesday 14 March, 7pm

Nueve reinas (dir. Fabian Bielinksy, 2000)
Brigid Cruzado, PhD student in Hispanic Studies, will be introducing this Argentinian film and co-ordinating a discussion after the screening.

Tuesday 10th April to Monday 7th May

Human Zoo Gallery 
A human zoo is a display of a particular group of humans for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda. Although particularly prevalent in the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries, human zoos have a long history and were held in a wide variety of national contexts, including Scotland. This exhibition and related events invites audiences to think about the practices of putting people on display.

Wednesday 11 April, 6pm 

Human Zoos: The Couple in the Cage (dir. Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia, 1993)
The film will be introduced by Dr Leshu Torchin and is supported by the Centre for Film Studies, University of St Andrews.

Wednesday 25 April, 6pm 

Human Zoos in Scotland
This illustrated talk by Dr Emma Bond (Dept of Italian, University of St Andrews) will explore the stories behind the images displayed in the Human Zoos exhibition, which all relate to ethnographic displays that took place in Scottish cities just one hundred years ago, from Somali villagers on display in Portobello to Buffalo Bill in Glasgow.

Friday 27th April, 4pm 

Russian Jews
Leonid Parfenov will present his latest documentary, which will be followed by a Q&A. Russian Jews studies perceptions of Jews in Russia throughout the ever-changing history of the twentieth century and their role in the history of the country and the world. Presented by CRSCEES and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Wednesday 2 May, 7pm

The Enthusiasm Project
“Enthusiasm” brings to life some of the elements of this fascinating and timely story. Project leaders Dr Victoria Donovan (Dept of Russian, University of St Andrews) and Stefhan Caddick will be joined by composer Simon Gore to present “Enthusiasm” via music, image and discussion.

Wednesday 9 May, 7pm 

Casanova Undressed 
A Sky Arts and Balandi production (2016)
This documentary heads under the covers to reveal just what made Casanova one of the most complex and controversial characters of the 18th century.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers, writers, artists, and scholars who created or contributed to the documentary.

Wednesday 20 June, 6:30pm 

A L Kennedy: Masterclass
Award winning author, broadcaster and stand-up comedian A L Kennedy will give a public Masterclass on the craft of short story writing followed by a talk, “Principles of Prose”.

Past events:

S‌emester 1 programme

4 October 2017, 7pm

‘Casting Race on Stage and Screen’
An evening with Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews), actor Satya Bhabha and Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker

25 October 2017, 7pm

‘Burns and Hafez’
A cultural dialogue between the Scottish Bard and 14th-century Iranian poet Hafez with live music, singing and poetry

1 November 2017, 7pm

Byre World’s Poetry Pop-Up with StAnza and the Poetry Forum’

15 November 2017, 7pm

‘Representations of the Holocaust in Eastern Bloc cinema’ 
Film screening of Jacob the Liar (dir. Frank Beyer, 1974)) with introduction by Prof Seán Allen (University of St Andrews) and post-screening discussion

29 November 2017, 7pm

‘An Evening with Austrian Author Erwin Urhmann’ with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London
Translator: Rachel Hildebrandt

13th December, 7pm

Film screening of 'Theeb', a Jordanian Arabic language film by Naji Abu Nowar, with introduction and post-screening discussion with Dina Alafranji from the Department of Arabic.

28 January 2017 7pm: Soccer My Saviour - Film screening and Q+A

This is the story of Eric Eugene Murangwa, a Soccer player who, since surviving the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, has dedicated his life to promoting peace and reconciliation through the sport that saved his life. Eric recounts the special relationship he shared with his teammates, a bond that withstood the horrors of one of the worst atrocities in human history.

We will be joined by Eric Murangwa, and director Kyri Evangelou, who will discuss the film in a Q+A directly after the screening.

Byre World Programme (Word, 14 KB) - October-December 2016

Byre World Programme (Sept - Dec 2015)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet Film Festival, 2015