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Northern Virginia Community College Annual Film Festival to Feature Joint Production With Students From Oaxaca, Mexico

ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 16, 2019) – The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) annual Student Film Festival will take place on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. The event is free and open to the public. 

This year's theme is Immigration and Refugees. The film “Without Walls” partnered NOVA Alexandria film students with film students from two institutions in Oaxaca, Mexico, 100 Volando Escuela de Cine and UNIVAS Universidad Vasconcelos.

Both groups of students created their own film in their respective parts of the world. The two films were then edited together to create the final cut, which will be featured at the 2019 NOVA Student Film Festival.

“This festival is about more than showcasing our students' films, it is also to bring the rest of the world to our students and community through the magic of cinema,” said Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, professor of cinema, award-winning filmmaker and Fulbright Scholar.

NOVA’s partners from last year, Xingtai Polytechnic College, from Xingtai, China, will return this month to participate in the event, as well as show a film featuring this year’s theme. The school sent a delegation to attend the festivities which included their vice president, the dean of the fine arts and their director of international affairs. In December 2018, Xingtai Polytechnic then hosted the NOVA Student Film Festival at their institution.         

Story Contact: Lucy Gebre-Egziabher | lgebre@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's website, www.nvcc.edu.

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