Baylor Hosts Annual Cold War Film Festival

  • The Russian Question
    The Russian Question
  • Fail Safe
    Fail Safe
  • Stilyagi (Hipsters)
    Stilyagi (Hipsters)
  • Rocky IV
    Rocky IV
Nov. 8, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 8, 2013) - If you have ever wanted to know more about the Cold War, now is your chance. The department of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences will host the Cold War Film Festival Monday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library.

Each night of the festival, a film that touches on the events, themes and/or issues of the Cold War will be screened at 6:30 p.m. The four films are:

� The Russian Question (Nov. 11)

� Fail Safe (Nov. 12)

� Stilyagi (Hipsters) (Nov. 13)

� Rocky IV (Nov. 14)

Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., an associate professor of history and the director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor, said the festival is about understanding the perspectives of each side during the Cold War.

"We created the festival to examine some central films that came out of the American and Soviet experiences in the Cold War," he said. "We will show two films that come from the American perspective and two from the Soviet perspective."

This is the second time the department has hosted the film festival, which correlates to the course Sloan teaches called "The Cold War."

Sloan said the length of the Cold War provides good content for a film event because the experiences of both sides were very diverse, but not everyone needs to be an expert on the war.

"For those not familiar with the event, we will introduce the movie before it starts to get everyone on the same page," he said. "We'll also be offering a snack that somehow correlates to the movie, just for fun."

All students, faculty and community residents are welcome to attend the free screenings in Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave. For more information, call the department of history at (254) 710-2667.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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