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Monmouth World Cinema Series 2021-2022

A film series designed to expose Monmouth University students to a panorama of mostly documentary films that challenge assumptions, raise awareness, inspire empathy, and foster wider understanding of global and cultural issues.

"Shoplifters" (Japan, 2018)

                            This crime drama by eminent director Hirokazu Kore-eda is about a patched-together “family” of outsiders living on the outskirts of Tokyo who engage in petty theft to survive.  The “father” of the family arranges for them to take in a little girl who is apparently abandoned by her own family, and this turn of events illuminates the bonds and frictions within this family.  Their existence is upset when the young son of the family—a “master petty thief”—is arrested and forced to spill secrets about the family’s tenuous existence.  As with the other films that we are proposing for our Series, “Shoplifters” is a humanistic and in places humorous drama about families forced to “live on the edge” because of social and economic stratification and marginalization.  We would plan to show “Shoplifters” in February 2022.


SHOW DATE & TIME
POLLAK THEATRE, MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
FREE ADMISSION - Faculty-led discussion to follow