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Posted by Gena Mangiaratti at 2:11AM   |  1 comment
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Blog post written by Gena Mangiaratti, Journalism '13, FLEFF Intern, Feeding Hills, MA

Here are two events, one on-campus (and free!) and one off-campus, that I'm especially looking forward to.

As I said in a previous post, all FLEFF events are valuable to attend, but these are two that appeal to my personal interests:

Checkpoints Activism Panel: Documenting Iraq, Burin: Stories from a Palestinian Village, and Witness to Uprising: Voices from Cairo and New York (FREE)

Moderated by Beth Harris, featuring Menna Kahlil and Michael Kennedy

7 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Friends 309 (Ithaca College campus)

 If you have been trying to follow the recent revolutions in the Middle East as best you can, you will probably be very interested in this event.

In reading about what is going on in, I try not only to learn about events via the news, but also to learn about what is happening from multiple news sources and perspectives. I also use Twitter to try to get information from people who are in the affected areas whenever possible.

I am very interested in hearing Menna Kahlil’s first-hand account of the uprisings in Egypt, and also learning more about the demonstrations in New York City in support of Egypt.

To read two great interviews about this event, one with Menna Kahlil and one with Dr. Beth Harris, see the links below.

Both interviews are by FLEFF intern Brian McCormick.

Interview with Beth Harris

Interview with Menna Kahlil

Lunch Love Community webisodes on healthy food for public schools, with film director Helen De Michiel, chef and cookbook author Julie Jordan, and public health professor Stewart Auyash

12 pm on Saturday, April 16 at Cinemapolis

I recently had the privilege of being able to speak with Ms. De Michiel about her work on this exceptional documentary/web series (will be posted soon – stay tuned!) about the story of school lunch reform in Berkeley, California.

Even though I admittedly may have forgotten about school lunches after they no longer affected me, I think nutritious food, especially for children at the elementary level, is really a crucial component, so it's excellent to hear that the people involved in this reform took the initiative to make it happen.

Though it was a local occurrence, I think it can provide global inspiration. I look forward to seeing the webisodes with Ms. De Michiel present, and also to learning more about how the members of the movement managed to effect such great change.

(It would be wonderful if this movement could spread…)


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I am really excited to see the documentary/web series about the lunch reforms in elementary school. I know that my family focus on making sure that we eat as healthy as possible and my little sister is only in 5th grade so she is still in the environment where pizza is a lunch option every day. I have read articles in the past about people trying to change lunch menus in schools and from what I have read they have been met by much resistance from children. However, the fact is that if we don't change something soon the problem is only going to get worse. Not only is the health quality of the food an issue but in my opinion where the food is coming from is something to consider. Why import apples from Florida if there is a farm right down the street? We need to start thinking about our children's health as well as their environmental consciousness. But of course, any change cost. I can't wait to see what the filmmakers have to say about these issues!



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