Going global

Sep 27, 2007

The 2007-08 Global Issues Film Festival begins Oct. 19 and 20 with five films exploring issues of human resilience, creativity and quest for justice.

The story of human resilience is played out in myriad ways - from the music that originates in refugee camps, and the victorious fight of a small town against the government of Peru, to the story of teenage garment workers in China, the human condition is explored in the 2007-08 Global Issues Film Festival Oct. 19 and 20.

The sixth annual Global Issues Film Festival, sponsored by Mott Community College, Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint, features five films shown at the Regional Technology Center Auditorium on the campus of Mott Community College (MCC). These films represent the first half of the 2007-2008 Global Issues Film Festival. The second half of the festival will run Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2008 on the campus of Kettering University. UM-Flint will host one film during each half of the 2007-08 festival.

The final film, Unrepentant, directed by Louie Lawless, will feature an appearance from producer Kevin Annett. He will attend the showing and facilitate a question and answer session after the film.

All Films are shown FREE of CHARGE.

The 2007 films are:
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Fri., Oct. 19, 6 pm at MCC and Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. at UM-Flint KIVA in the University Center (80 minutes, English) directed by Zach Niles and Banker White
In Sierra Leone, from 1991 to 2002, the government and various rebel factions carried out a brutal civil war terrorizing civilians by killing, mutilation, rape and forced conscription. Out of the refugee camps came the musical group "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars." Follow the band as they move from camp to camp and realize their dream of recording in a studio and performing on the international stage. The UM-Flint showing will be in the KIVA in the University Center, call (810) 762-3436 for directions.

Tambogrande; Mangos, Murder and Mining - Fri., Oct. 19, 7:30 pm (85 minutes, subtitled) directed by Ernesto Cabellos & Stephanie Boyd
In 1999, the residents of Tambogrande, a small town in northern Peru, learned that the Fujimori government had secretly granted mining concessions on their land to the multi-national corporation, Manhattan Minerals. The company's plans for an open-pit gold mine would involve relocation of half of the town's residents, and contaminate the soil and ground water in this agricultural region famous for its fruit orchards. This film shows how ordinary people can defeat government and corporate collusion.

Forever - Sat., Oct. 20, 1 pm (88 minutes, subtitled) directed by Heddy Honigman
A cinematic visit to the famous Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, which provides an unusually poignant, emotionally powerful meditation on relations between the living and the dead and the immortal power of art. FOREVER also introduces us to the Parisians and tourists who make pilgrimages to the graves of famous persons such as Frederic Chopin, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Amadeo Modigliani, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison.

China Blue - Sat., Oct. 20, 3 pm (88 minutes, subtitled) directed by Micha X. Peled
A clandestinely shot, deep-access account of how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. A rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society.

Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada's Genocide - Sat. Oct. 20, 5 pm (109 minutes, English) directed by Louie Lawless - Producer Kevin Annett will be at the showing.
According to Kevin Annett, the time has come for Canadians to learn the truth about what really happened to the aboriginal people in their country. Unrepentant documents the "deliberate and systematic extermination" of non-Christian indigenous people within the Indian residential school system by the Catholic, United, Presbyterian and Anglican churches and the federal government.

The Sixth Annual Global Issues Film Festival, hosted by Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint, 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, Mott Community College, Kettering University's Department of Liberal Studies and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Written by Dawn Hibbard