A symposium on the films of director Akira Kurosawa will be held Tuesday, March 15, at Missouri Southern.

Akira Kurosawa's "I Live in Fear."

Akira Kurosawa’s “I Live in Fear.”

Presented as part of the 54th annual International Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University, it will feature two programs and a screening of one of the acclaimed director’s films.

“Akira Kurosawa – A Life in Cinema” will be presented at 11 a.m. in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium. Stephen Prince, a professor of cinema at Virginia Tech University, will use clips from the renowned filmmaker’s works to examine his life, career, signature style and influence.

“Kurosawa – Sword of Cinema, Force of Life” will be offered at 3 p.m. in Billingsly Student Center’s Phelps Theater. Prince will be joined by Dr. Stephen Teller, a retired Pittsburg State University faculty member, and Dr. Michael Howarth of the MSSU faculty for a discussion moderated by Dr. Bill Kumbier.


At 7 p.m., Kurosawa’s “I Live in Fear” will be screened in Cornell Auditorium. The 1955 film explores the concerns of people living in the atomic age, as an industrialist is determined to emigrate with his family to Brazil.