From the Biafran struggle for independence to innovative green initiatives to the
harsh reality of the Australian Aboriginal people, the 13th Annual Global Issues Film
Festival will provide insight into issues facing people around the world and right
here in the US for five days from November 18 through 23, 2014.
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.
The first half of the Festival will feature six films. Unless noted, all screenings
will be in the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium on the
Flint campus. The second half of the film festival will feature an additional five
films that will be shown at Kettering University January 28 through 31, 2015.
All films shown are free and open to the public.
Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele, Director (2013) 113 minutes Tuesday November 18, 2014 5pm. This screening will be in the KIVA of the Harding Mott University Center at UMF.
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). It will also be screened in the second part of the festival
at Kettering University.
Utopia John Pilger, Director (2013) 110 minutes Friday November 21, 2014 7pm
This documentary examines the experiences of indigenous people of northern Australia.
The name of this region, Utopia, belies the harsh reality facing Aboriginal people
here: the abject poverty, deep-seated racism, and police brutality they deal with
daily are manifestations of a long history of violence. UTOPIA tells of the determination
of Aboriginal activists who fight to make their stories known, and find ways for their
communities to begin healing.
Deep Green Matt Briggs, Director (2010) 102 minutes Saturday, November 22, 2014 1pm
DEEP GREEN travels the world in search of the most promising solutions to global warming.
The film investigates the state-of-the-art technologies fuelling China’s green revolution,
visits the “greenest city in Europe,” and explores actions individuals throughout
Europe are taking to combat global warming. With its emphasis on solutions, DEEP GREEN
offers gripping insights and presents a refreshing look at an urgent situation.
A Bridge Apart Director Virginia Wolf (2013) 56 minutes Saturday, November 22, 2014 3pm
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 filminvestigates strategies that coffee
farmers in Guatemala have implemented to increase economic opportunity and prevent
migration. It will also be screened in the second part of the festival at Kettering
Crossing Borders Director Arnd Wächter (2010) 72 minutes Sunday, November 23, 2014 1pm
This film is about the inter-cultural dialogue that ensues as four Moroccan and four
American university students travel through Morocco for a week. Preconceived notions
about “the clash of civilizations” between the West and Islam (both construed in monolithic
terms) fall apart as they get to know one another and engage in frank conversations
about culture and religion.
The Wisdom To Survive: Capitalism, Climate Change & Community Director John Ankele and Anne Macksoud (2013) 56 minutes Sunday, November 23, 2014 3pm
TThis documentary examines the challenges of climate change and discusses the meaningful
actions that can be taken. Unlike many films on the ecological and humanitarian crisis
wrought by unchecked economic growth, THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE brings together the perspectives
of spiritual leaders, economists and scientists, including Stephanie Kaza, Rev. Daniel
Janto, Joanna Macy, Bill McKibben, and Roger Payne.