Special Showing


Sunday, October 13 at 1pm | Free Admission

This year Williams Reads explores the theme of immigration through various means, including the a free screening of Dheepan, the story of a Tamil freedom fighter in Sri Lanka.

The Williams Reads book selection for 2019-20 is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.



Starring: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Dheepan is the story of a Tamil freedom fighter who decides to flee Sri Lanka, taking with him two strangers — a woman and a little girl — hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, Dheepan works to build a new life and a real home for his ‘wife’ and his ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and he is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.

  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A story of grief, dispossession and desire with immediate, almost tactile, urgency. Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.”

– Washington Post

Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.