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Foreign Film Series: “Shirley Adams”

Shirley AdamsShirley Adams, part of the Foreign Film Series sponsored by the Office of International Education, will be shown on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m.

This year, films will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Both showings are free. Shirley Adams will be in its original language, with English subtitles.

  • Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
  • Country: South Africa
  • Language: English and Afrikaans

Description

In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother—Shirley Adams—struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley’s faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test.

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