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"Out of Africa" to be Screened on April 7

On Monday, April 7 6 p.m., a screening of the 1985 award-winning romantic drama "Out of Africa" will take place at the Gilman Center for International Education in the Library on the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.

Co-sponsored by Global Initiative Africa, the film will be introduced by Paul Basinski, Chair of the Global Studies Department. Following the screening, he will lead a discussion as well.

"Out of Africa" tells the story of Karen Blixen, a Danish baroness who moved to Kenya with her husband in 1913, and had a passionate, long-running affair with Denys Finch-Hatton, a free-spirited big-game hunter and adventurer. The story depicts African Colonial life in the last decades of the waning British Empire, through World War I, ending with Blixen’s return to Denmark in 1931. The film features sweeping panoramas of the African landscape and wildlife, and follows the political turmoil of the times, including conflicts and interactions between the local Kikuyu and Maasii tribespeople and the European colonists, in what was then called British East Africa.

Blixen later became famous as the short-story writer Isak Dinesan. Her stories, inspired by her many years managing a coffee plantation in the Ngong Hills near Nairobi, are known the world over. The movie screenplay, written by Kurt Luedtke, was based upon Dinesan’s writings including her 1937 memoir "Out of Africa", Judith Thurman’s "Isak Dinesan: The Life of a Storyteller", and Errol Trzebinski’s "Silence Will Speak".

The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Sydney Pollack), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress (Meryl Streep), and Best Supporting Actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer); and was also honored with 25 additional film awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama). Robert Redford also starred in the movie.

Admission and parking are free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to, call (845) 341-4891, or visit the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc and Joanne Zipay
Cultural Affairs