MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum February 2017 • Volume 21 • Number 1 Festival Returns With 10 Days of World-Class Films Film lovers, re-joice! The 34th edition of MDC’s Miami Film Festival comes to town March 3-12, welcoming more than 400 producers, filmmakers, stars and indus-try professionals to multiple venues across the Magic City. Showcasing over 100 films from 30-plus countries, the cinematic extravaganza is the on-ly major film festival produced and presented by a college or university. This year promises an impressive lineup of films starring Steve Bus-cemi , Marion Cotillard , Gloria Estefan , Nathan Lane , William Levy , Edward James Olmos , Virginia Madsen and a myriad of oth-er award-winning actors. The Festival kicks off with the highly an-ticipated U.S. premiere of Joseph Cedar’s Norman , a U.S./Israeli co -production starring Lior Ashkenaz and Golden Globe-winner Richard Gere , who will be in attendance at the Festival. This dramatic thriller, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festi-val, follows the story of a New York City operator who talks his way into Israeli politics. Alberto Rodríguez also explores the dark side of politics with Smoke and Mirrors . A follow-up to his 2014 film, Marshland , this thriller follows the true story of a political fixer in ’90s Spain. Venezuelan-born director Rober Calzadilla has a magnificent milestone with the Florida pre-miere of his debut movie, El Amparo . Based on true events that took place during Venezuela’s Richard Gere in Norman Lily-Rose Depp in The Dancer Marion Cotillard in It’s Only the End of the World Edward James Olmos in Monday Night at Seven A Steward of History MDC received the gift in tandem with the University of Miami. The collection in-cludes more than 2,300 rare books, maps, manuscripts, artifacts and historical materi-als with a combined value of approximately $30 million. Among the most high-profile pieces coming to MDC 1988 El Amparo Massacre, this powerful film brings new attention to the historic event and in-demnity of the powerful. Kenny Ortega also celebrates a major achieve-ment with the world premiere of his new film, A Change of Heart . This drama showcases stel-lar performances by a star-studded cast that in-cludes Jim Belushi and Kathy Najimy . Lily-Rose Depp , daughter of Oscar-nom-inated actor, Johnny Depp , gives a simi-larly moving performance in The Dancer , a French biographical musical drama directed by Stephanie Di Giusto. Continued on Page 16 Ceramic of Mayan god Known for excellent stew-ardship of historic buildings, artworks and artifacts, Miami Dade College recently re-ceived a major gift from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation , including many pre-Columbi-an objects that will be housed at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. is Christopher Columbus’ let-ter to the King and Queen of Spain printed in 1494, in-cluding a map with the first images of what Columbus believed to be islands in Asia. This collection will expand MDC’s ties with the Library of Congress and University of Pennsylvania. “I think this is an ideal partnership,” said Jay Kislak. “We have the opportunity to combine special resources of each institution to create exhibitions and programs that will be enjoyed by Mi-ami-Dade residents and the millions of people who visit here from all over the world.” National Champs Miami Dade College’s women’s vol-leyball team won the 2016 Nation-al Junior College Athletic Association championship in Casper, Wyoming. Ex-panding upon the College’s exception-al sports history, this was MDC’s ninth national title in women’s volleyball. For the full story, see Page 24.