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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT
Looking at the films for FLEFF made me incredibly excited for the festival. It was really hard to choose just five, but these are a few of the ones I find to be most fascinating.
1. Hell and Back Again. First of all, it's a documentary. So it interested me before I even read what it was about. But it truly looks to be an amazing film. Exploring the life of a soldier in Afghanistan and then his return to the United States is really fascinating to me, especially because a friend of mine is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
2. Africa is a Woman's Name. This caught my eye immediately because I am a Women's Studies minor. It shows the difficult work of women in Africa, as well as three of the continent's leading female filmmakers: Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Bridget Pickering, and Ingrid Sinclair. I love learning about African culture, especially through the lens of the women who live there.
3. Dying to Live. This film is about people waiting for organ transplants. Having recently been told of a family friend's struggle waiting for an organ donor, I think that this film will really be interesting to watch.
4. Miss or Mrs? I am extremely excited for this film. Reproductive rights are a large political issue right now, and I feel very strongly that all women should have the access that they need, regardless of their marital status. I am interested to see how these issues are discussed (or, probably avoided) in other cultures.
5. Our Children's Fund. Another documentary, this film displays another issue that I am very passionate about: sex trafficking. I truly think that more people should know that trafficking, especially of this kind, exists and work towards stopping it. The fact that a prostitution business is being run from a graveyard, as well, provides a very unexpected and interesting angle to the story.
Needless to say, I cannot wait to see these and many other films at FLEFF. Which films are you looking forward to?