2012-13 Global Issues Film Festival Part Deux

Dec 19, 2012

Continuing the tradition of bringing provocative documentary films to Flint, the Global Issues Film Festival presents the second half of it 2012-13 line-up at Kettering University.

Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint are partnering for an ninth year to host the 11th Annual Global Issues Film Festival.  For the second half of the festival, five thought-provoking films will be shown Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, on the campus of Kettering University. 

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing provocative films to Flint, featuring the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe. All films are offered free of charge. Screenings take place in McKinnon Theater in the Academic Building at Kettering.

The second half of this season’s schedule includes:

The 800 Mile WallThe 800 Mile Wall (2009), Wednesday Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., (90 minutes) directed by John Carlos Frey, The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S. This powerful 90-minute film is an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy that many believe has caused the death of thousands of migrants and violates fundamental human rights. http://www.800milewall.org/aboutthefilm.html The film will also be shown Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the UM-Flint KIVA.

Blood of the AmazonBlood of the Amazon (2011), Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. (80 minutes) directed by Nicola Peel,  Blood of the Amazon  looks at environmental damage in Ecuador at the hands of oil companies. She has also found time to institute some fixes herself: such as rainwater catchment schemes for families whose groundwater is contaminated, and a project using fungi as a cleansing agent for spills. Discussant: Dr. Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, associate professor of Anthropology, UM-Flint.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2011/oct/28/blood-of-the-amazon-nicola-peel

Brothers on the LineBrothers On The Line (2011), Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. (80 minutes) directed by Sasha Reuther, Brothers On The Line explores the legacy of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - pioneering labor organizers and social justice statesman, and their remarkable leadership of the United Auto Workers union. Sasha Reuther, the film’s producer and director, will answer questions at the end of the film.  The discussion will be led by Dr. Jason Kosnoski, associate professor of Political Science, UM-Flint. http://brothersontheline.tumblr.com/

This Land is OThis Land is Our Landur Land (2010), Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m. (46 minutes) directed by David Bollier. For more than three decades, transnational corporations have been busy buying up what used to be known as the commons, everything from our forests and our oceans to our broadcast airwaves and our most important intellectual and cultural works. This film highlights the movement to reclaim the commons by modeling practical alternatives to the corporate monopoly of power. http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=146

One Peace at a TimeOne Peace at a Time (2009), Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m. (83 minutes) directed by Turk Pipkin, One Peace at a Time is an inspiring feature documentary highlighting solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The film includes the insights of Nobel laureates and focuses on specific solutions to create a virtual roadmap to a better future. Discussant: Dr. Massoud S. Tavakoli, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kettering University. http://www.montereymedia.com/Corporate_Info/one_peace_press.html

How to get to Kettering’s McKinnon Theater:
The Theater is located in the Academic Building (#2 on the map) at the corner of University and Chevrolet Avenues. Access is through a rear door off the parking lot behind the building, or through the door facing University Avenue that has a sign board in front. Students and/or signs will be placed throughout the building to guide patrons to the theater entrance.               

For those who need elevator access, use the Visitor Parking lot off of Dupont Street. Use the middle door for assistance by student volunteers.

For more information call 810-762-7827 or 810-762-7868.