French language graduate teaching fellow Alex Goldych still remembers the first time she watched a French film in high school.
She described it as an "immersive experience." After the film, she said she understood the language in a different way.
Goldych is an event coordinator for UNC's Department of Romance Studies' Albertine Cinémathèque Film Festival, which provides UNC students and community members with a similar opportunity.
The festival began on Monday, Sept. 18, and will feature five more French films over the course of the next five weeks.
The Albertine Cinémathèque Film Festival is free and open to the public. The event will be at Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Center, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles.
The next film showing will be Alain Kassanda's “Colette et Justin” on Sept. 28. The documentary follows the filmmaker as he traces his personal family history and examines the political circumstances of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that affected it.
Aubrey Lewis, another graduate teaching fellow, is Goldych's co-coordinator for the festival.
She said that part of their job is to choose what films will be shown, and that they usually choose five contemporary films and one classic that demonstrate the diversity of the French speaking community.
“We also want to have a lot of varied films that cover a lot of different interests, so we try to go for some more lighthearted films, and other ones, you know, a little bit more interesting, or deeper topics, but also varied geography-wise,” Lewis said.