Dr. Wilson extrapolates the border separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti on their shared island, the site of the documentary Death by a Thousand Cuts (2016), into a theme by which to understand the film and all of the separations it depicts.

International Cinema Studies Minor

The minor in International Cinema Studies is for students who love visual media and want to develop skills in critical analysis, writing, and interpretation along with knowledge about cinema theory, history, and diverse cultures. The ICS minor is a great addition to a major in the Humanities for a media-oriented student as it allows for a deeper focus on cinema, media studies, and international contexts than most majors are able to support. It is also a great addition for majors from outside the college of Humanities who need their cinema fix and something to help them round out their education with course work that will make them better communicators, writers, and thinkers.

Thank you for a wonderful semester!
Good luck on finals and we will see you again the first week of September!
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Coming Soon


All Podcasts

Week 13: Death by a Thousand Cuts

Former IC director Chip Oscarson guest hosts an episode featuring a discussion with Prof. George…

Week 12: The Reason I Jump

This week IC co-director Marc Yamada is joined by two very qualified guests, Natalie Nielson-Riep…

Week 11: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Professor Anna-Lisa Halling of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese speaks with IC co-director Doug…

Week 9: Poets & Poetry

This week, we discuss Bicycle Thieves (Vitorio De Sica, 1949) with Professor Dan Paul from…


All Lectures

Mac Wilson – A Thousand Borders: Human and Nonhuman Rights in Death by a Thousand Cuts

Dr. Wilson extrapolates the border separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti on their shared island,…

Steven Riep – Depictions of Autism in The Reason I Jump

Dr. Riep, who studies representations of disability in literature and visual arts, discusses common misconceptions…

Julie Allen – The Necessity of Trust for Happiness: Joachim Hedén’s Breaking Surface (2020)

Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Dr. Julie Allen begins by explaining why the Scandinavian countries have…

Valerie Hegstrom – Leftover Women: Searching for Work-Life Balance

Director of BYU Global Women’s Studies, Dr. Valerie Hegstrom outlines the perceived choice women are…


BYU International Cinema, sponsored by the BYU College of Humanities, is one of the longest-running university foreign film programs of its kind in the United States. There is no special admission charge or fee for International Cinema films. We do ask you to be quiet and courteous, to turn off cell phones, and to research films before you bring children.