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The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office offers personal interest programs that have a cultural appeal to the community. For example, our Film and Discussion series is offered each fall and spring. The series consists of five movies and includes pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion. The film series is located at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Penn State is an Act 48 approved provider. The Film & Discussion series is offered as a 1-credit course (30 Act 48 hours). The series is also offered as a noncredit course. Educators enrolling in the non-credit course will be issued a CEU Certificate. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that the Film & Discussion series fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48.

“I have found that both my film students and students who just like movies have enjoyed and benefited from the Penn State Film Series. We were welcomed and included as active participants in the course. The professor, Mr. Bachman, has made my time in the classes both enjoyable and educational. Great fun!” — Mrs. Marianna Oplinger, Holy Redeemer High School teacher of literature and film, and Film Society Moderator

The Spring 2015 Film & Discussion Series: Stories of International Inspiration

This Penn State movie series moves beyond the boundaries of Hollywood with five films from around the world. These artistic achievements cover the human condition in Africa, China, India, Saudi Arabia and France. Inspiration and the achievement of the human spirit are the focal point of these refreshing international films selected by the Penn State Wilkes-Barre International Campus Committee.

March 19: The First Grader (2010/PG-13/103 Minutes)
The First Grader is a film following the attempts of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who has never been to school, but can now receive a free government education.

March 26: The Intouchables (2011/R/112 Minutes)
Set in Paris, The Intouchables follows a quadriplegic millionaire in his search for a personal assistant when his path crosses that of an unemployed African.

April 9: Not One Less (1999/G/106 Minutes)
Not One Less is a Chinese film dealing with the trials of a young girl in a remote mountain village who is left to substitute for her teacher.

April 16: My Name is Khan (2010/PG-13/165 Minutes)
My Name is Khan deals with a Muslim from Mumbai, India who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.

April 23: Wadjda (2012/PG/98 Minutes)
Wadjda is the story of the will and determination of a young girl in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Location: The film series will be held at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 E Northampton Street Wilkes-Barre, PA.  

Time: Each movie/discussion begins at 7:00 PM.

How to Register:

  • Register Online: PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering someone other than yourself (e.g., parent registering a child, employee registering another staff member, etc.) you will be acting as that person during the registration process and inputting their information, not your own. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Outreach Non-Credit Registration office at the number below.
  • By fax: Complete the registration form and fax it to 814-863-2765. Credit card information must be included on registration form.
  • By mail: Complete the registration form and mail along with payment to:
    Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education
    PO Box 410
    State College, PA 16804-0410
For registration related questions please call the Outreach Non-Credit Registration office 814-867-4973 or email nc_reg_office@outreach.psu.edu

For program related questions call 570-675-9253 or email wbce@outreach.psu.edu

To join our mailing list to receive details on future movie series, please send your contact information to wbce@outreach.psu.edu.

Please browse our course schedule to see the programs we are currently offering. If there is a topic you are interested in, please email us at wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Your input is very valuable to us and your ideas are always welcome.

The Film and Discussion Series is brought to you by:

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