The Reel World Film Series, sponsored by Western's Institute for Global Engagement (formerly Center for International Studies), offers monthly films on campus to raise awareness about other cultures and about global issues.
All films are free and open to the public. In 2015-16, they included:
- "Drunktown's Finest," directed by Sydney Freeland, looks beyond stereotypes of Native American communities.
- "The Sea Inside," an Academy Award-winning film that tackles the controversial topic of euthanasia through the story of Ramon Sampedro, a Spanish fisherman who spent 29 years fighting for the right to end his life after being paralyzed in a diving accident.
- "Decomissioning Nuclear Power Plants: Mission Impossible?" a documentary that investigates how authorities around the world are handling the issue of aging, shuttered nuclear power plants.
- "Bamako," named for a trial in the capital city of Mali, exploring the power of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
- "La Priogue," a 2012 film directed by Moussa Touré, about a group of African men who leave Senegal in a traditional vessel and undertake a treacherous crossing to Spain in search of a better life.
- "Joyless Street/Die Freudlose Gasse," a German silent film from 1925 exploring the lives of two women who live in the same poor neighborhood in post-World War I Vienna.
- "Live from UB," a documentary about the rock scene in Mongolia's capital city, Ulaanbaatar.
- "Vessel," directed by Diana Whitten, a 2014 film about a Dutch pro-choice organization that provides abortions on a ship in offshore waters.
- "Sweet Dreams," a 2012 film directed by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman about Rwandan women who create the nation's first and only women's drumming troupe and open an ice cream shop to support their families.