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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Blog posting written by Gena Mangiaratti, Journalism '13, FLEFF Intern, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
In the last few weeks leading up to to FLEFF, I've taken a look at the film list to learn about what films are playing this year.
While every film sounds like an opportunity to learn about something that you might not hear about many other places, here are some titles that especially intrigue me or appeal to my personal interests (no particular order).
Who Am I? The Found Children of Argentina by Estela Bravo - I learned about the Dirty War in Spanish class my freshman year at Ithaca and never forgot about it. I had trouble comprehending the idea of people being "disappeared" by their government. This film tells the stories of children whose had been among the disappeared, and as a result, did not learn their true identity until later in their lives. (On-campus; 5:25 pm - 7:05 pm on Monday, April 11, in Park 273)
After the Rape by Catherine Ulmer - One of the human rights topics I am most passionate about is women's rights, so this title instantly stood out to me. It tells the story of Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman in the province of Punjab who was gang-raped as punishment for her brother's alleged relationship with a girl outside of their clan. She has also written a book, In the Name of Honor: A Memoir. (On-campus; 9:25 am - 10:50 am on Tuesday, April 12, in Williams 224)
The Bird Dancer by Robert Lemelson - Tells the story of a woman in Bali who has Tourette's syndrome. It's hard to think about how any medical problem, that people generally know about and understand in the United States, can be perceived and reacted to in another country with another culture. I'm glad this woman was given a voice through film. (On-campus; 2:25 pm - 3:50 pm on Tuesday, April 12, in Center for Health Studies 208)
Gender Redesigner by Johnny Bergman - Explores the struggles of a modern transsexual. This film is about a man born into the body of a woman. This title stood out to me because IC Human Rights, a club I belong to on-campus, recently held a "Right to Love" event that raised some awareness about transexuality. It is a topic I think for many can be difficult to understand, so I'm glad to see it represented in film. (**UPDATE** This film is not confirmed on the schedule... More details to come.)
You Must Know About Me: Sex Workers in Macedonia (Healthy Options Project Skopkje/WITNESS) - About the rights of sex workers in Macedonia. As someone interested in human rights, I am looking forward to learning more about this topic I don't know very much about. (On-campus: 10:50 am - 12:05 pm on Thursday, April 14, in Hill 57)
Though I have never made a film, I sometimes wonder about the parallels between documentary and print journalism. Both can bring awareness to a topic, and both need sources to do so. To some degree, you probably need to be objective in documentary film making, in order to be as informative as possible while still provoking your viewers/readers to question things.
I'm especially looking forward to hearing documentary filmmakers talk about what motivates them to pursue a certain topic and how they think as they go through the process of finding and interviewing people.