2017 Festival: Zala Films

Zala Films

ZalaFilms-transp-500pxThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Zala Films to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Zala Films is the imprint of George Paul Csicsery, a writer and independent filmmaker since 1968, was born in Germany in 1948, the son of Hungarian parents. He immigrated to the United States in 1951. He has directed 35 films — dramatic shorts, performance films and documentaries. In 2009 Csicsery was awarded the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for bringing mathematics to non-mathematical audiences.

Navajo Math Circles

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results.

Navajo Math Circles Trailer from Zala Films on Vimeo.

The film has screened at seven film festivals, including Arizona International, Vision Maker Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival. It has also screened at dozens of museums, theaters, and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is currently being broadcast on PBS+ stations through 2019. For more information see navajomathcirclesfilm.com.