Focus on the globe

Oct 17, 2008

The Global Issues Film Festival celebrates kicks of its seventh season with five films exploring everything from Palestinian "security prisoners" to the energy war.

Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint present the seventh annual Global Issues Film Festival  Nov, 7-8, 2008 at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium.

The Global Issues Film Festival is free and open to the public.

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing provocative films toFlint. This collaborative festival includes the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, representing a variety of voices and viewpoints. The festival is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Mott Community College,Kettering University’s Department of Liberal Studies and the University of Michigan-Flint.

The following films represent the first half of the 2008-09 Global Issues Film Festival. The second half of the festival will run Jan. 28-31, 2009 on the campus of Kettering University. For more information, call (810)762-9699.

Hot House (2006) Friday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., (89 minutes – subtitled), directed by Shimon Dotan

Almost ten thousand Palestinians, designated by the Israeli government as "Security Prisoners," are incarcerated in Israel. Most Israelis consider them murderers and criminals, but most Palestinians regard them as freedom fighters. Filmed inside the country's highest security facilities, it shows everyday prison life and makes the argument that the Israeli criminal justice system uses imprisonment to stifle or control Palestinian democratic political life.

American Outrage (2007) Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m., (56 minutes – English), by Betty & George Gage

Carrie and Mary Dann are feisty elderly Western Shoshone sisters who live and ranch in north central Nevada. They have always grazed their livestock on the range outside their ranch on Western Shoshone land from the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. In 1974, the U.S. sued the Dann sisters for trespassing. Why the United States would spend millions prosecuting and persecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert?  Could it be for the gold which is being strip mined out of the area?

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2008)  Saturday, Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m., (86 minutes - English) directed by Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray

Filmmaker Katrina Browne’s New England ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants journey to retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade. The issues the DeWolf descendants are confronted with dramatize questions that apply to the nation as a whole: What are the legacies of slavery?



Metal and Melancholy (2007)  Saturday, Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m., (80 Minutes – subtitled), directed by Heddy Honigmann

An offbeat "road movie" in which the documentarian travels with, and thereby discovers the stories of, taxi drivers in Lima, Peru. In the early 1990s, in response to Peru's inflationary economy and a government destabilized by corruption and Shining Path terrorism, many middle-class professionals used their own cars to moonlight as taxi drivers in order to weather the financial crisis. The film follows these part-time cabbies, as they manage to navigate through Lima's congested, pothole-filled streets in dilapidated cars whose survival techniques are as fascinating as those of their owners.

Energy War (2007) Saturday, Nov. 8,  6:30 p.m., (78 minutes – English and subtitled), by Shuchen Tan, Ijsbrand van Veelen & Rudi Boon

Exploring how the economic importance of fossil fuels affects international politics and becomes a powerful tool of foreign policy. The film profiles newly emergent "superpowers" such as Iran, andVenezuelaand shows how oil was used as a political weapon in the struggle between an economically revitalized Russia and its former Soviet Republic. It concludes by investigating the search for alternatives to our dependency on oil.