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Student Events and Seminars

The Belcourt's Education and Engagement Program includes ongoing events for students that provide young people with opportunities to see, learn about and discuss quality film content.

Strong Leads 2018: A Film Seminar for High School Girls

Strong Leads 2018: A Film Seminar for High School Girls is a four-part after-school seminar spotlighting films about and made by women. A presentation of the Belcourt’s education and engagement program, Strong Leads will explore gender representation in cinema, in the Hollywood establishment, and in film discourse.

We’ll feature four films from a variety of genres and cultures and follow with an informal discussion. Strong Lead sessions take place each Tue from Apr 10 to May 1 from 4-7:30pm. (Our 2nd floor Jackson Education and Engagement Space opens at 3:30pm for optional study time.)

Please note: Participation in Strong Leads is by application only and space is limited. It is offered at no cost to participants, but you must apply and be selected to attend. The seminar is designed for students only and is meant to be taken in its entirety (no single sessions). Application deadline is Fri, Mar 23. Participants will be notified on Mon, Mar 26.

Strong Leads 2018: About the Films

Tue, Apr 10: PERSEPOLIS (Dir. Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronaud, France/Iran, 2007, 96 min, PG-13)

Tue, Apr 17: PARIAH (Dir. Dee Rees, USA, 2011, 86 min, R)

Tue, Apr 24: FRIDA (Dir. Julie Taymor, USA, 2002, 123 min, R)

Tue, May 1: MANNY & LO (Dir. Lisa Krueger, USA, 1996, 86 min, R)

This series features high-quality films designed to spark conversation about important issues. Because of that, some films contain adult situations, profanity, drug/alcohol use, nudity, sexual situations, and violence.


Tehran 1978: Eight-year-old Marjane dreams of being a future prophet, intent on saving the world. Cherished by her modern and cultivated parents and adored by her grandmother, she avidly follows the events that lead to the downfall of the Shah of Iran's brutal regime. The introduction of the new Islamic Republic heralds the era of the 'Guardians of the Revolution' who control how people should dress and act. Marjane, who must now wear the veil, dreams of being a revolutionary. This stylish black-and-white animated film is adapted from Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel. PERSEPOLIS premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where it tied for the Jury Prize, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2007.


Alike, a 17-year-old African-American girl in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, is a good student with a flair for poetry. She’s also quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained, and the tension heightens whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother to befriend a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity—sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. Debut director Dee Rees (MUDBOUND), who grew up in Nashville, leads a splendid cast and crafts a pitch-perfect portrait that stands unparalleled in American cinema. PARIAH premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the cinematography award.


Salma Hayek stars in a visually striking biopic of the surrealist Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. From her artistic awakening after an accident at age 18 to her tumultuous relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), FRIDA colorfully portrays one of the most influential and acclaimed artists in Mexican history. This film was selected for Strong Leads partially to discuss Hayek’s recent disclosure about the difficulties of making the film while being threatened and harassed by producer Harvey Weinstein. FRIDA premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Salma Hayek for Best Actress. It won in the categories of Best Makeup and Best Original Score.


The criminally underrated debut feature from writer/director Lisa Krueger stars Scarlett Johansson and Aleksa Palladino as Manny and Lo, orphaned teen sisters who run away from their foster homes and live on the run—stealing food, squatting in empty homes, anything to avoid returning to the foster care system. Older sister Lo is the rude, destructive leader and younger sister Manny is her much calmer, wiser underling (an extraordinary performance from 11-year-old Johansson). Their mantra is "keep moving and you won't get nailed," but when Lo discovers she’s pregnant, the two soon realize that they’re in over their heads.

High School Film Club

The Belcourt High School Film Club is a great opportunity for students to watch movies together and discuss them with other film lovers their age. You don’t have to be a seasoned cinephile to participate! We all approach cinema from different places, and all points of view are welcome.

High School Film Club meets for a public screening of a Saturday matinee twice a month for a new release or repertory film. We follow with an informal discussion over snacks in the Belcourt’s Jackson Education and Engagement Space or elsewhere in Hillsboro Village.

High School Film Club includes one free movie ticket and pizza for current high school students. Walk-ups are welcome, subject to ticket availability, but RSVPs are greatly appreciated (RSVP at

Movie title, date and showtime about the coming week’s event is announced via email on the Monday before. A note about film rating and content will be included.

Come down, bring friends, and be part of the conversation!

Please note: The Belcourt High School Film Club is for students only.


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