2017 Incoming Journeys

We are looking forward to two exciting incoming exchanges in 2017! Check here for more information as plans progress.

Tokyo, Japan

June 8-14
 – Diana Sanders, ED

We will be very happy to welcome visitors from Tokyo. We hope to be able to show them our city and region, and discuss how our customs and institutions are similar and different from those in another major world-class city.

Global Exchange: Film Festival

October 15-21, 2017 – Dean DiBrito and Scott Oliver, ED’s

Chicago has a rich history in film, beginning with the early studios and silent films, as a setting for films and television shows, and in its celebration of contemporary film with its film festivals. Friendship Force of Northern Illinois and the Friendship Force of Chicago will offer a themed exchange in October 2017. For four days we will explore the history of film and film production, followed by three days of afternoon attendance at the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival with possible dinner discussions.

The pre-festival activities may include the following:

  • a bus tour of Chicago sites used in film
  • a visit to a Chicago movie studio
  • a visit to the Chicago Film Office with a multi-media presentation on the history of film-making in America
  • a visit to the Museum of Broadcasting with possible speaker
  • a visit to Chicago History Museum
  • a visit to a surviving early movie house
  • a film viewing which showcases the Chicago area
  • If participants wish to stay longer to continue attendance at International Film Festival, local hotel info will be provided.
  • This exchange will be hosted by FFNI in conjunction with FF Chicago.