Family, fortune and fixes

By Website Administrator | Jan 17, 2011

The ninth Annual Global Issues Film Festival, sponsored by Kettering University, Mott Community College, and UM-Flint, will continue Jan. 26-29, on the Kettering campus.

The ninth Annual Global Issues Film Festival, sponsored by Kettering University, Mott Community College, and UM-Flint, will continue Jan. 26-29, in McKinnon Theater in the Academic Building on the campus of Kettering University. All films are shown FREE of CHARGE. The first half of the festival was shown in November on the campus of Mott Community College.

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing provocative films to Flint, and this year features filmmaker Michael Ramsdell, originally of Flint, as well as the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe. Topics of the films represent a variety of voices and viewpoints.

The following films represent the second half of the 2009-10 Global Issues Film Festival. For more information, call the Department of Liberal Studies at Kettering University at (810)762-9699.

The Films:
The Last Train Home (2009), Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. (85 minutes) directed by Lixin Fan
An epic spectacle that tells the story of China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance. The Last Train Home follows the Zhang family’s attempt to repair their ruptured family after leaving their daughter for 16 years in their home village to find work in the city. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Wei Cao, assistant professor of education, UM-Flint.

Good Fortune (2009), Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. in the KIVA at UM-Flint and Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. (70 minutes) directed by Landon Van Soest
Through intimate portraits of three individuals living in the poorest areas of Kenya, Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. (English with some subtitles) The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, professor of History at Kettering University.

Yes Men Fix the World (2009), Friday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. (87 minutes) directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr
Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events. The film consists of a several pranks on major corporations and governmental agencies performed by Bichlbaum and Bonanno posing as executives from Exxon, Dow Chemical, Halliburton and H.U.D. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Greg Schneider, assistant professor of communication at Kettering University.

The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (2009), Saturday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m.  (100 minutes) directed by Pamela Yates
More than 120 countries have united to form the International Criminal Court (ICC) — the first permanent court created to prosecute crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The film follows ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his team for three years across four continents as he issues arrest warrants. “The Reckoning” feels like a thriller: Will the prosecutor succeed? Will the world ensure that justice prevails? The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Michael Callahan, professor of history at Kettering University.

Orgasm Inc., (2009), Saturday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. (79 min.) directed by Liz Canner
A shocking and hilarious documentary! This film is about the development of the first “Viagra” drug for women to address Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD), and how it won FDA approval. Filmmaker Canner planned to create a movie about science and pleasure but began to suspect that pharmaceutical and medical companies might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Pavitra Sundar, assistant professor of humanities at Kettering University.