Tonight: Scorsese drama kicks off U. film series
Published: February 1, 2012 02:13PM
Updated: February 1, 2012 02:13PM
Courtesy photo A scene from Martin Scorsese's 1997 drama "Kundun," a biography of the Dalai Lama, screens Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

The University of Utah’s annual Anthropology Film Series kicks off tonight with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1997 drama “Kundun.”

The movie is a dramatized biography of the Dalai Lama, from his ascension to the leadership of Tibetan’s Buddhist population to his exile under the invasion of the forces of Communist China.

The screening begins at 6 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City. The event is free.

The series, presented by UMFA and the University of Utah Anthropology Department, runs on Wednesday evenings through the month of February. The other films in the series are:

Feb. 8 • “Captain Abu Raed” (2007, Jordan), about an airport janitor who is mistaken for a pilot by a group of children in his poor neighborhood.

Feb. 15 • “Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)” (2001, Canada), a drama of love and betrayal among the native people in the Canadian Arctic.

Feb. 22 • “Creation” (2009, United Kingdom), starring Paul Bettany as naturalist Charles Darwin, developing the theory of evolution while coming to terms with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and her religious beliefs.

Feb. 29 • “También la lluvia (Even the Rain)” (2010, Spain), in which a film director (Gael Garcia Bernal) making a movie about Christopher Columbus in Bolivia hires some natives as extras — and becomes embroiled in a local battle over water rights.