Heritage Language Program
Film Series

HLP Film Fest - Held Thursdays of Weeks 3 and 7 at 6:00 pm in the Muir Woods Coffee House

The term 'heritage language' denotes a language learned at home that is different from the dominant language of the community, and a 'heritage speaker' is someone who speaks or even just understands that language.

Starting in 2001-2002, the Linguistics Department launched the Heritage Language Program, whose fundamental premise is that heritage speakers, who are neither typical students of a foreign language, nor fluent speakers, require a different kind of instruction that enhances the language skills they already have, and amplifies their cultural literacy. The Heritage Language Program allows students to work towards high levels of proficiency in their heritage language and to pursue their personal and professional goals.

To further highlight the languages offered through the Heritage Language Program, we will feature films in Filipino, Hindi, KoreanPersian, Spanish and Vietnamese throughout the academic year.

Schedule of Film Screenings

Spring 2017

daughter from danang

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House ("Middle of Muir")
Film: Daughter from Đà Nẵng

Cha gio will be served!

In 1975, as the Vietnam War was ending, thousands of orphans and Amerasian children were brought to the United States as part of Operation Babylift. "Daughter from Danang" tells the dramatic story of one of these children, Heidi Bub (a.k.a. Mai Thi Hiep), and her Vietnamese mother, Mai Thi Kim, separated at the war's end and reunited 22 years later.

the salesman

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House ("Middle of Muir")
Film: The Salesman
Language: Persian with English subtitles

Persian treats will be served!

After their flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, Iran, must move into another apartment. Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes their lives, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

Winter 2017

HLP film series poster for Miss Granny

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House ("Middle of Muir")
Film: Miss Granny
Language: Korean with English subtitles

Kimbab will be served!

A 70-year old woman living unhappily with her son's family is magically restored to her beauty of 50 years earlier. Complications ensue.

Fall 2016

Film: Ded na Si Lolo

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House ("Middle of Muir")
Film: Ded na si Lolo (Grandpa is Dead)
Language: Filipino with English subtitles

Lumpia will be served!

A large family gather together to mourn the death of the family patriarch. But in the course of the six-day wake, unresolved issues, family secrets, and superstitions resurface. 

The film explores numerous Filipino superstitious beliefs regarding the dead, such as prohibitions such as against wearing red, sweeping the floor, taking a bath, and allowing your tears to fall on the coffin.

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Spring 2016


Movie is 3 idiots, a film in Hindi with English Subtitles

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House
Film: "3 idiots" (in Hindi with English subtitles)

Samosas will be served!

"3 Idiots" is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as funny, as wildly entertaining as insightful. A laugh-riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits: self-actualization.

Two friends (Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend – the irrepressible free thinker Rancho (Aamir Khan), who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance with the spirited Pia (Kareena Kapoor), and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani). And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanishes....

Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave?

The friend who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now?

Finally in misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret.


Tambien la Lluvia for the HLP Film Festival

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Muir Woods Coffee House
Film: "También la Lluvia" (in Spanish with English subtitles)

Idealistic filmmaker Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus’ conquest of the Americas. But as filming commences, the local citizens begin to riot in protest against a multi-national corporation that is taking control of their water supply. With the film shoot in jeopardy, both men find their convictions shaken. Inspired by the real-life Water Wars in Bolivia in the year 2000, También la Lluvia explores the lasting effects of Spanish imperialism, still resonating some 500 years later in the continued struggle of indigenous people against oppression and exploitation.