Shirley 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.
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.