The 16th Annual Global Issues Film Festival will take place from November 1 -4, 2017 at the Regional Technology Center Auditorium on the Mott Community College Main Campus in Flint. (* Unless otherwise noted below)
Below is information on the films in the festival with corresponding showtimes.
All films shown are free and open to the public.
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. Now, she steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story. Don’t Tell Anyone follows Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.
Hina Wong-Kalu is a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s long-held embrace of mahu. The mahu were regarded as people who embody both male and female spirit and they were traditionally respected as keepers of ancient traditions. Kumu Hina focuses on: 1) Hina’s work with a school that specializes in Hawaiian language, history and culture, 2) her mentoring of a student who is proud to be seen as a mixture of boy and girl, and 3) Hina’s relationship with her Tongan husband. Overall, the film offers insight into the universal challenge of loving somebody outside the norm and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha – love, honor, and respect for all.
By globe-trotting through multiple countries and discussions with experts taken from every corner of the world, Footprint provides a unique window into the real effects of population growth and consumption inequality on the world we live in and on the environment. There are surprising revelations on who is standing in the way of solutions and those pushing for them. The film documents the array of possible solutions that open up when we take the time to ask the critical question of how many of us there are in the world and what the Earth can sustain if we are to all live a dignified life.
Tashi Bista dreams to install a makeshift wind turbine in Namdok, a remote village nestled high amongst the Himalayas of Nepal. Battered by wind and cold, Namdok has been in darkness for centuries. Tashi Bista, a local activist, provides a fresh perspective to alternative energy. He grew up in this region without electrical power. He is determined to bring lights to Namdok in an effort to prove himself to the skeptical village community, which has been neglected by the government and deprived of infrastructure necessities, such as electrical power.