Two countries, one afternoon 

India and Israel just a drive away

If the economy has been good medicine for your travel bug, but you're still itching to break free, why not take a local trip abroad? You won't even have to brave security or pack a bag; all you have to do is drive downtown.

As part of the World Horizon Travel Films series, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will host filmmaker Rick Ray on Sunday for a double feature of Ray's latest works. Fear not tender rumps and nervous legs, there will be a reception with the filmmaker between films during which you can stretch and find refreshment.

The first film begins at 2 p.m. and the second will follow at 4:45 p.m., introducing a new format for upcoming film events at the Fine Arts Center. Between now and April 2005, four more filmmakers will visit the Springs, each showcasing a pair of travel films from around the world. The public will be able to meet and speak with the artists during the receptions between shows.

Ray offers a glimpse into the vast region of India with his first film, The Soul of India. Ray promotes experiences with extreme weather, natural disasters, social disruptions and other defining aspects of India's culture. Expect to view major destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Himalayas and the Ganges River, as well as personal glimpses into people's lives through interviews and narratives.

To complement your visit to India, Ray will take you to the land of milk and honey via Jerusalem: Sacred and Profane. This film explores the conflicts between Christians, Jews and Muslims in relation to the holy city, and looks in depth at issues of expansion beyond the Old City walls.

As with most things in life, nothing beats the real thing, but Ray's films will at least keep your shoestring budget intact while informing you about two fascinating travel destinations.

-- Matthew Schniper

capsule World Horizons Travel Film Series, The Soul of India and Jerusalem: Sacred and Profane with filmmaker Rick Ray

The Fine Arts Center 30 W. Dale St.

Sunday, August 8, 2 p.m.

$6 for FAC members, $7 for general public, $8 at the door

For more information call 634-5583 or visit www.csfineartscenter.org


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