The 15th Annual Global Issues Film Festival will take place from October 26-29, 2016 at the Regional Technology Center Auditorium on the Mott Community College Main Campus in Flint. (* Unless otherwise noted below)
Below is information on the films in the festival with corresponding showtimes.
All films shown are free and open to the public.
Elemental tells the story of three individuals from different corners of the world united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Follow Rajendra Singh’s pilgrimage down the sacred Ganges river, as he struggles to shut down factories and dams that pollute “Mother Ganga.” Witness Canadian Amerindian Eriel Deranger confront Tar Sands, the world’s largest industrial development, and its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which endangers indigenous communities. See Australian inventor Jay Harman seek investments that will realize his vision of a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming by using nature’s own systems.
What happens to your old clothes when you donate them to charity? Most, in fact, go to Africa, where used clothes imported from the west has become a multi-million dollar business in which some of the poorest people in the world pay for what you gave away for free. The Secret Life of Your Clothes takes you to Ghana, where you meet the people who make a living from your old clothes, as well as discover the downsides of cheap western clothing, as traditional Ghanaian clothing, and the local jobs connected to it, are in decline.
What is it like to be a permanent refugee, with no country and no rights? A World Not Ours takes you inside the life of one such family, the family of director Mahdi Fleifel, who have been living in Ain el-Helweh, the largest refugee camp for displaced Palestinians in Lebanon. Fleifel’s grandfather moved to Ain el-Helweh at the age of 16 in 1948--that is the year of the nakba (Arabic for “the catastrophe”), in which Palestinians, including Fleifel’s grandfather, were forcibly expelled from their homes by Jews establishing the country Israel. Fleifel’s grandfather still lives in Ain el-Helweh today. “My film is about memory....forgetting for us Palestinians would simply mean ceasing to exist. Our fight throughout history, and still today, is to remain visible.” --Mahdi Fleifel
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra, an orchestra made out of recycled trash, on a journey around the world with a music teacher, a garbage picker, and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum built on a landfill. Unable to afford traditional instruments, they instead create all of their instruments from trash. Landfill Harmonic is a story about the transformative power of music, as well as two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.