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Hearts and Minds Film Festival Comes to Villanova University for Annual Social Justice Film Showcase

2013 Hearts and Minds Film Festival will be held April 9th and 10th in the Connelly Center Cinema

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova University Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) has partnered with the Hearts and Minds Film Initiative to sponsor its annual two-day Hearts and Minds Film Festival April 9 and 10. The event, which will take place in the Connelly Center Cinema on Villanova’s Main Campus, showcases social justice films from across the country and around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Hearts and Minds Film Festival celebrates filmmakers from around the world who use their craft and artistic talents in the service of social justice,” said John O’Leary, PhD, assistant professor of Communication in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  “We are thrilled to be hosting the festival at Villanova, since much of our work in both the classroom and community centers on topics of social justice and advocating for change.”

The festival will open with the feature film, “Lucky,” at 7 p.m., April 9 in the Connelly Center Cinema. A narrative film that explores important issues in post-apartheid South Africa, “Lucky” has been hailed by the BBC as “a simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity.”  A question-and-answer session with the film’s producers, Chris Wilmot and Kathy Goll, will take place at the film’s conclusion. 

A number of films will be screened on Wednesday, April 10. For a full schedule and line-up of films, please visit the Hearts and Minds Film Initiative website, here.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.