Global Issues Film Festival: A RIVER CHANGES COURSE

Directed by Kalyanee Mam. 83 min.
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. 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.

Global Issues Film Festival: BITTER SEEDS

Directed by Micha X. Peled. 88 min.
Winner of the International Documentary Association’s Humanitas Documentary Award, BITTER SEEDS (2011) explores the controversy surrounding GMOs.

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. Dr. Joy Arbor of the Department of Liberal Studies will facilitated a discussion following the screening.

Global Issues Film Festival: HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Directed by Biyi Bandele. 113 min.

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. 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 at the 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.

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