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College Forum Volume 18, Number 1 : Page 1

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE Words and Pictures COLLEGE Foosball MARVELOUS WORLD OF MIFF Film Festival Offers Award-Winning Lineup of Stellar Films, Documentaries f orum Family United February 2014 • Volume 18 • Number 1 Offering more than 100 films from 40 countries, MDC’s Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) will kick its 31st edition into high gear this March 7-16 with the U.S. premiere of the animated feature Foosball ( Metegol ), the latest work by Academy Award-winning direc-tor Juan José Campanella . A Spanish-Argentine production, this 2013 film broke box-office records in Argentina for highest-grossing film premiere. Touted as the most expensive Argentine film produc-tion to date, it is also the most ex-pensive Latin American animated feature in history with a budget of $21 million. This will mark Campanella’s sec-ond collaboration with the Miami International Film Festival, which is the nation’s only major film festi-val event housed within a college or university. Campanella first ap-peared at MIFF to present his pre-vious work at the Festival’s 28th edition Awards Night. Back then, it was for The Secret in Their Eyes ( El secreto de sus ojos ), the 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar-winning film that marked the second time in Academy Award history that a Latin American country would win that category. Perennial Favorite Returns Now, just three months before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Bra-zil, Campanella returns to Miami with his loving ode to soccer cul-ture and the power of teamwork. Campanella shares writing credits with the film’s producer Gastón Gorali and screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri – who previously worked on the script for the aforemen-tioned The Secret in Their Eyes (2009). Foosball was inspired by Continued on Page 16 Three Many Weddings Part of the National Conversation Don Lemon T Education Summit Yields Ideas to Boost Graduation Rates It’s one of 100 community summits happening across the country to bring stakeholders together to examine effective dropout prevention efforts and bolster existing initiatives. Featured presenters and panelists includ-ed State Sen. Dwight Bullard ; Marshall Criser III , former president of AT&T Florida and current chancellor of the State University System of Florida; journalist and CNN news anchor Don Lemon , and leaders for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools , Big Brothers Big Sisters , Citi Year Miami , The College Board and Opportunity Nation , among others. MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón delivered a powerful opening address about helping students suc-ceed in the 21st century knowledge economy. “Increasing high school graduation rates is an important step in reforming education,” Padrón said. “At MDC, we see how an open door policy can make all the difference in people’s lives.” – AMS aking a leading role in national efforts to increase high school graduation rates and put more students on a path to a college degree, Miami Dade College joined forces with America’s Promise Alliance and its Grad Nation campaign to host the Miami Education Summit. This landmark gathering of community and business leaders, educators, government agen-cies and youth explored solutions and collabora-tive opportunities to reach a nationwide goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020.

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