Global Issues Flim Festival-2

Jan 16, 2012

The second half of the 10th Annual Global Issues Film Festival will be at Kettering University Jan. 24-28.

The Sun Behind The CloudsKettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint are partnering for an eighth year to host the 10th Annual Global Issues Film Festival.  

Five films will be shown Jan. 24 to Jan. 28 at Kettering University's McKinnon Theater in the Academic Building. An additional screening of The World According to Monsanto will be held at UM-Flint's Kiva  on Jan. 24. Admission to the Global Issues Film Festival is free.

This collaborative festival includes the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe representing a variety of voices and viewpoints. The films, between 80 and 110 minutes long, feature topics ranging from the Chinese suppression of Tibet to genetic engineering of the food supply.

The second half of this season’s schedule includes:
The World According to Monsanto (2008), Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at UM-Flint Kiva and Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Kettering's McKinnon Theater (108 minutes) directed by Marie-Monique Robin. The company that gave the world “Agent Orange” has continued to develop and sell a number of controversial products.  The film-maker spent three years and travelled around the world to document many horrible health effects attributed to these products.

The Power of the Powerless (2009), Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. (78 minutes) directed by Cory Taylor. An exploration of Czechoslovakia's legacy of communist rule and the struggle against it, including the story of blacklisted playwright Václav Havel and his fellow dissidents. The film culminates with the student-led movement in Prague, which sparked 1989’s Velvet Revolution. The discussion afterward will be led by Dr. Eugene Hynes, professor of Social Science at Kettering.

FuelFuel (2008), Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. (112 minutes) directed by Josh Tickell. A comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. Rousing and reactionary, FUEL is an in-depth, personal journey of oil use and abuse as it examines wide-ranging energy solutions other than oil, the faltering US auto and petroleum industries, and the latest stirrings of the American mindset toward alternative energy. The discussion afterward will be led by Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at Kettering.

The Sun Behind the Clouds (2009), Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. (79 minutes) directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. A uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials and tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people as they continue their struggle for freedom in the face of determined suppression by China. The film explores the tension between the Dalai Lama’s peaceful solution and the impatience of Tibetans ready to take a more confrontational course. The discussion afterward will be led by Dr. Badrinath Rao, associate professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at Kettering.

Addicted To PlasticAddicted To Plastic (2008), Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. (85 minutes) directed by Ian Connacher. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted to Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.

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