Program Details

All Roads Lead to Cinema 

Shelly Isaacs
Video Catch-up

Course Description

As one of the leading narratives of filmmaking, the "Road Movie" has offered the promise of wondrous and mysterious stories, featuring fascinating characters transformed by their experience. Sometimes the road is physical, sometimes metaphorical. In this series we will “hit the road,” exploring this most popular of genres through four highly acclaimed and award-winning films.


  1. "Road Movie": India, 2009 - A young man transporting an old cinema truck across India is transported himself by some strangers with even stranger stories to tell.
  2. "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles": China/Japan, 2005 - A Japanese father estranged from his son travels to China, finding himself attempting to reunite a son with his father.
  3. "Taxi": Iran, 2015 - Iranian director Jafar Panahi is banned by the Iranian government from making movies, so he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.
  4. "Intimate Stories": Argentina, 2002 - Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs, M.A. is founder and host for Café Cinematheque International, a foreign language film program presented in venues throughout South Florida. As a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, Isaacs specialized in promoting movies & entertainment. He earned a master's degree in media ecology studies from New York University, and taught graduate-level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, a film program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.