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Auteur Film Series Honors African American History Month

January 26, 2009 - Collin College's Auteur Film Series will screen the film "The Visitor" in conjunction with African American History Month at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

"The Visitor" chronicles the life of Walter Vale, an economics professor who is bored with his provincial life in Connecticut. While visiting his apartment in New York City, he finds that two squatters, Tarek and Zainab, are living there. He develops a friendship with the couple, but the relationship is complicated after Tarek is arrested as an illegal alien.

This year's theme is The Compleat Stranger: At Home Away From Home with the Immigrant Figure in Film. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. "The Visitor" is rated PG-13 and runs 108 minutes.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff.

Education Through Film is a collaboration between the Auteur Film Series and the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

For more information about the Auteur Film Series, visit or contact Dr. Carolyn Perry at

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