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Contributed by Rosalie Fitzgerald on 04/12/2010
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was invited to Bangalore, India, in March to present environmental documentaries and give talks on media representations of health, water, development, and indigeneous issues.
Patricia Zimmermann, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and currently Shaw Foundation Professor of New Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, presented the Indian premiere of Pueblos Unidos: Swine Flu Ground Zero, a 2009 muckraking documentary from Mexico by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Ángel Díaz. The film chronicles how Carroll Farms, the transnational pig farming enterprise, polluted the water supply in Vera Cruz Mexico, leading to outbreaks of flu.
On another day, Stewart Auyash, associate professor of public health in the Health Science and Human Performance and currentluy visiting associate professor at Nanyang Technological University, presented a lecture on international water issues in celebration of World Water Week in conjunction with a premiere screening of Water and the City (Sawati Dandekar, India, 2010) a powerful investigative documentary that follows the Kaveri River as it leaves the Western Ghats and travels to Bangalore, a city ripped open by development.
Both presentations were hosted by theBangalore Film Society and the Voices from the Waters Film Festival, long term collaborative partners of FLEFF. The Voices from the Waters Film Festival is a founding member, with FLEFF, of the Open Cinema Consortium.
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