International House

International House Philadelphia is a multicultural residential center, a source of distinctive programming, and the embodiment of an ideal. Our critical three-fold mission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the larger community through high quality international arts and humanities programs and to encourage cooperation and respect among the peoples of all nations.

Founded 100 years ago in 1910, International House Philadelphia is an independent, non-profit organization housing nearly 400 students, scholars and interns from over 65 countries. We provide a unique residential experience that supports their development as future leaders by offering a full spectrum of programs that create individuals able to work and interact successfully with people from all backgrounds. To support both our residents and the Great Philadelphia community, International House Philadelphia has long been the premiere presenter of international arts and cultural programs.

Events and Programs

Echele Ganas: A Life Left Behind Film Screening
Monday, April 30, 8:00 PM 
Ibrahim Theater at International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Admission: $5

This documentary from award winning photographer/filmmaker Laurence Salzmann focuses on the village of Tonalapa, situated in the northern region of the state of Puebla. The village is a microcosm of the many hundreds of villages that are located in Mexico’s Sierra Norte de Puebla, a region nearly 100 km long by 50 km wide, and extends into the state of Hidalgo from where thousands of Mexicans have made their way in recent years to the United States in search of work. In Échele Ganas, villagers tell their stories in a series of interviews using their own vernacular language. While the older villagers reminisce about their lives and the history of their culture, younger people speak about employment in the United States and the effects of their labor on the Sierra Norte de Puebla region. The narrative of Échele Ganas, paired with Salzmann’s stunning photographs, allows viewers of all cultures to better understand the remarkable people of Sierra Norte de Puebla.

(Mexico/USA, 2012, 72 min, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)

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