GIFF winter 09

Jan 14, 2009

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its 2008-09 season with five new films shown at Kettering University Jan. 25 through 31.

Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint present the seventh annual Global Issues Film Festival Jan. 25-31, 2009 In McKinnon Theater on the campus of Kettering University.

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

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing provocative films to Flint. 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, MottCommunity College, KetteringUniversity’s Department of Liberal Studies and the University of Michigan-Flint.

The following films represent the second half of the 2008-09 Global Issues Film Festival. For more information, call (810)762-9699.

Song for Argyris  Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. (105 minutes-subtitled)

Interpretive discussion led by Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, professor of History and director of Jewish Studies, MichiganStateUniversity, following the film.

In 1944, four-year-old Argyris Sfountouris survived a Nazi massacre of over 200 people, including his parents, in the Greek farming village of Distomo. Throughout his life Argyris struggled with his childhood emotional trauma. He chose to dedicate his life to education and political activism in an effort to prevent such things from ever happening again. The film serves not only as a reflective, emotionally moving story of one person's struggle with grief, but it also becomes a broader social examination of the difficulties that nations have when confronted with issues of historical guilt.

Everything’s Cool  Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. (89 minutes- English) 

A group of global warming messengers are on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, the magic language, the points of leverage that will finally create the political will to move the United States from its reliance on fossil fuels to the new clean energy economy - AND FAST. The film follows global warming messengers through an extraordinary three years of transformation, from 2003-to the eve of 2007, exploring what it will take to move America from laggard nation to world leader on global warming.

Project Kashmir  Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. (89 minutes- English and subtitled) 

A feature documentary in which the directors, two American friends from opposite sides of the divide, investigate the war in Kashmir and find their friendship tested over deeply rooted political, cultural and religious biases they never had to face in the U.S. The film captures the beauty of Kashmir, while interweaving personal stories of Kashmiris with those of the two American women, who strive to reconcile their ethnic and religious heritage with the violence that haunts their homeland.

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo  Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. (76 minutes- subtitled)  

Discussion afterward led by Dr. Carrie Walling, assistant professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan, with Gayle Alexander and Lisa Hunt from the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services through the YWCA of Greater Flint.

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over four million people have died and there are the uncountable casualties, including the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.

The world knows nothing of these women. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence these brave women finally speak.

Traces of the Trade Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. (86 minutes-English)

Discussion led by Jack LeSage and Lillie McCain

In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne, with Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Juanita Brown, tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey from Rhode Island, to Ghana, and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba, which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise. The issues they face apply to the nation as a whole: What, concretely, is the legacy of slavery? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like and what would it take?