The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will host a film festival this week promoting female filmmakers and films about women’s issues. The World Cinema Festival: Women Make Movies event will feature five award-winning films that cover a variety of international topics related to feminism. Mana Derakhshani, associate director of CWIL, said the festival fits perfectly with the mission of the College and its recent push to include more intercultural education learning opportunities. “President Mooney has led the way towards opening up the college to the world by stressing the importance of internationalizing the campus,” Derakhshani said. “This event is part of the efforts to bring the world to Saint Mary’s College and to increase opportunities for college students as well as the larger community to learn about their global community.” Saint Mary’s has hosted the Women Make Movies week for the past seven years, Derakhshani said, but it has not always been the World Cinema Festival. The French division of the Department for Modern Languages previously sponsored the festival, but after the department exhausted its grant money in 2011, CWIL decided to continue the festival. “CWIL took over and broadened the scope of the film festival to include foreign films from around the world,” Derakhshani said. The week features five films that illustrate various issues that women in different countries frequently deal with. They range from the challenges of growing up as a biracial woman in Canada to historical and contemporary feminism in Islam. As part of a women’s college, Derakhshani said CWIL is uniquely placed to feature women filmmakers and bring issues women face from around the world to the eyes of the Saint Mary’s community. The center worked with the Women Make Movies, an organization that promotes films by and about women, to put together the event. “The World Cinema Festival gives everyone the opportunity to learn about and engage with the rich tapestry of the world,” Derakhshani said. “The filmmakers we are featuring tell stories of women leaders in various cultures around the world. …The women are telling their stories in their voices and that is a powerful example of leadership.” The films are free and open to the public. They will be shown in Vander Vennet Theater in the Student Center each night at 7 p.m.
The Dodgers would almost certainly have to absorb some of the remaining money ($53.5 million is guaranteed) in Ethier’s contract if he is traded. Ethier said he has not asked to be traded, but the rumors will persist.“Maybe I need to dig down deep to let that drive me even more to perform,” Ethier said. “I know what I’m capable of doing if I’m given the opportunity. You can’t expect people to give it to you. You’ve got to go out and earn it.” In 2014, the third year of a six-year, $96-million contract, Ethier lost his starting job. He made only 380 plate appearances, a career low. He played all three outfield positions and even a little first base while making a team-high 40 appearances as a pinch hitter, slashing .290/.450/.355.On paper, there is no reason for Ethier not to reprise this role with the Dodgers in 2015. He’s got more defensive flexibility than Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke or Joc Pederson — and arguably less trade value. The numbers say that Ethier adapted to pinch hitting quickly.The only problem?“I want to be playing every day,” Ethier said.The Dodgers might grant that request, but it seems more likely to happen if Ethier is traded. So far, Kemp has drawn the most trade interest from other general managers. Andrew Friedman has enough depth in-house that he can trade two outfielders and enough money to absorb a portion of both contracts. One year and 12 days ago, Andre Ethier stood in a fourth-floor room at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. The room lacked polish and some wondered whether Ethier would still be a Dodger by the time his $75,000 investment had come to fruition.Thursday, the room looked finished. Two rows of flat-panel computers now fill the Maggie and Andre Ethier Learning Center, where homeless men, women and children can stop in for a free education. The flooring and lighting were donated by the Dodgers. In some ways, it resembles many rooms inside Dodger Stadium.It’s a new day for the Union Rescue Mission and a new offseason for the Dodgers, but the questions facing Ethier are the same as last year. Specifically, how does he feel about the prospect of splitting time in a crowded outfield — potentially six deep now — for the second straight season?“All my desire is to come back here and start next year,” Ethier said. “This is my first preference. We tried the way of platooning, all that stuff, and obviously it didn’t make us any more successful than it did any other times in the past.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error