Global Issues Film Festival 2011

Oct 5, 2011

The first half of the Global Issues Film Festival kicks off Nov. 4-6 on the campus of Mott Community College featuring four films about food, one person's impact on the world, global health and the power of art.

Mott Community College, Kettering University and UM-Flint are partnering for an eighth year to host the 10th Annual Global Issues Film Festival.  For the first half of the festival, four thought-provoking films will be shown Nov. 4 through 6, on the campus of Mott Community College.

The Global Issues Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing provocative films to Flint, featuring the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe. All films are offered free of charge. Screenings take place in the MCC Regional Technology Center auditorium.  

This season’s schedule includes:
King Corn/ Big River (2007), Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. (88 minutes) directed by Aaron Woolf
This is a two-part documentary. King Corn follows two college buddies who trace the use of Iowa corn. They find that the majority of Americans eat mostly corn--or, to be more specific, food products derived from or containing corn. In the follow-up film Big River the same pair follow the water run-off and environmental impact from their Iowa corn acreage.

A Small Act (2010) Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. (88 minutes) directed by Jennifer Arnold
A stranger helps a woman escape Nazi Germany. That woman sponsors a child in Kenya. That child becomes a man who starts a scholarship fund to help many more children.  Director, Jennifer Arnold, makes a film about the ripple effect one small act can have. This is a film of encouragement in a world full of discouraging news.

Waste Land (2010), Saturday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m. (99 minutes) directed by Lucy Walker, Karen Haley and Joao Jardim
The out-skirts of Rio de Janero, Brazil is the home of the world’s largest garbage dump.  Self-appointed pickers scavenge these fresh mounds and pull recyclable materials.  Waste Land is a story of the pickers and an artist who sees both an unusual medium and the faces of humanity in trash. The results will bring you to tears.

The World According to Monsanto (2008), Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. (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 traveled around the world to document many horrible health effects attributed to these products.

Part Two of the Global Issues Film Festival will be held January 25 through 29, 2012, at Kettering University. Five more films will be introduced at that time, including:

Addicted to Plastics;
Power of the Powerless;
The Sun Behind the Clouds; and
The World According to Monsanto.
For more information, contact Liz Murphy, Public Information Office at 810- 232-2554.