Global Issues Film Festival

 

The Festival, sponsored by Mott Community College (MCC), Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint (UMF), showcases the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, representing a variety of voices and viewpoints that challenge viewers to reach across the boundaries of language, culture and religion.

This second half of the Festival, January 22 through 31, 2015, will feature six films. Unless noted, all screenings will be in the McKinnon theater at Kettering University.

All films shown are free and open to the public.

The Films:

Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds   Directed by Micha X. Peled (2011) 88 minutes  Thursday  January 22, 2015  5pm.
This screening will be in the KIVA of the Harding Mott University Center at University of Michigan Flint.
Biotechnology is changing how farming is done the world over. Advocates believe the “New Green Revolution” is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world’s growing population while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small-scale farmers off the land. Bitter Seeds explores the controversy — from a village in India that uses genetically modified seeds to U.S. government agencies that promote them. Winner of the International Documentary Association’s 2012 Humanitas Documentary Award.

A Bridge Apart

A Bridge Apart   Directed by Virginia Wolf. (2013) 56 minutes  Wednesday  January 28, 2015  7pm
A compelling look at migration from the perspective of migrants from Central America and Mexico to the U.S., exploring why they move and the dangers they face. Usually poor, young and facing the threat of kidnapping by human traffickers, these are people whose struggles have been overlooked. The film investigates strategies that coffee farmers in Guatemala have implemented to increase economic opportunity and prevent migration. Join Emmy Award- winning filmmaker Virginia Wolf for a discussion following the screening.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun   Directed by Biyi Bandele (2013) 113 minutes  ThursdayJanuary 29, 2015  7pm
Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is a saga of love and betrayal set against the 1967-70 Biafran war, when Igbo people mounted a struggle for independence. The privileged lives of two sisters, Olanna and Kainene, unravel in the midst of civil war as they make very different personal and romantic choices. Features performances by Thandie Newton (Crash, ER), Anika Noni Rose (The Princess & the Frog) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave). Named Best Feature Film atthe 17th Annual Zanzibar International Film Festival. Dr. Ernest Emenyonu, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at U-M Flint, will lead a discussion at the end of the film.

Oil and Water

Oil and Water Directed by Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda (2014) 78 minutes Friday, January 30, 2015 7pm
This film is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofán tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline, the two young men explore possibilities for a more just, clean future. Winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Green Planet Award. Stay for a discussion with the co-producer/director/writer of Oil and Water , Francine Strickwerda.

A River Changes Course

A River Changes Course Directed by Kalyanee Mam (2013) 83 minutes Saturday, January 31, 2015 1pm
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance as well as numerous other international awards, A River Changes Course tells the story of three families in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them. Widely lauded for its lyrical choreography and quiet, unobtrusive style, the film offers no easy answers to the dilemmas of globalization. It makes its case instead by painting an intimate portrait of human lives in transition.

Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds   Directed by Micha X. Peled (2011) 88 minutes  Saturday  January 31, 2015  5pm.
Biotechnology is changing how farming is done the world over. Advocates believe the “New Green Revolution” is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world’s growing population while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small-scale farmers off the land. Bitter Seeds explores the controversy — from a village in India that uses genetically modified seeds to U.S. government agencies that promote them. Winner of the International Documentary Association’s 2012 Humanitas Documentary Award. A faculty-led discussion will follow this screening of Bitter Seeds.

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Mott Community College    Kettering University    University of Michigan - Flint
 

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