Global Issues Film Fest part 2

Jan 6, 2010

The second half of the Global Issues Film Festival will be Jan. 27 - 30 on the campus of Kettering University.

The Eighth Annual Global Issues Film Festival, sponsored by Kettering University, Mott Community College, and UM-Flint, will continue Jan. 27-30, 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 festival is sponsored in part 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 second half of the 2009-10 Global Issues Film Festival. For more information, call (810)762-9699.

This winter’s line-up includes:
Waterlife (2009) Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. (108 minutes, U.S and Canada, English), directed by Kevin McMahon. The film will be followed by a discussion led by James Clift, Policy Director for the Michigan Environmental Council. A story of the Great Lakes watershed, the source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people. The Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

Black Gold (2006) Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. (78 minutes, Ethiopia and, England and the U.S. English with subtitles). The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, associate professor of History at Kettering University whose scholarship focuses on agrarian transformation in Ethiopia. As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one man's fight for a fair price. Good Beans Café will provide fair trade coffee for this showing.

Anatomy of Hate (2008) Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. (86 minutes, International, English with subtitles) from filmmaker Michael Ramsdell, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The Anatomy of Hate; A Dialogue to Hope reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For six years filmmaker and Flint native Michael Ramsdell, had unprecedented access to some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of our time. The film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to hate, and how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming it.  

War Child (2008) Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. (92 minutes, Sudan, English with subtitles). The film will be followed by a discussion on youth violence in the Sudan and U.S., led by Dr. Carrie Walling, assistant professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and Dr. Benaiah Yongo-Bure, associate professor of Social Science at Kettering University. Hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan's brutal civil war, fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. Now his weapon is a microphone.

Afghan Star (2008) Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. (87 minutes, Afghanistan. English with subtitles). After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

How to get to Kettering’s McKinnon Theater:

The Theater is located in the Academic Building (#2 on the map) at the corner of Third and Chevrolet Avenues. Access is through a rear door off the parking lot behind the building, or through the door facing Third 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.