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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 10:13PM

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Thanks to Ithaca College Office of the Provost, each of us bloggers got two complimentary passes to the festival. With these two passes, I was able to attend 11 film screenings (5 per pass times 2 and then plus one on the house, thanks to the generosity of Cinemapolis and Brett Bossard) and 3 other free events.

FLEFF has two screenings on Thursday night, two on Friday night, five on Saturday, and five on Sunday. These add up to 14 film screenings and events in total. Even though I have filled my schedule up to the fullest, there are still some films that I wish I had seen but could never fit them into the grid.

Programming a film festival is hard, according to Jeffrey Rouff’s book “Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals”. Apparently, deciding which ones to go to among films and events that go on during the same time slot is even harder.

Here is a list of the films that I wish I had seen:

This film is filled with economic struggles, global migration, cultural identities, and other issues that I care deeply about as a politics major. Besides, I haven’t seen lots of films on Africa and this could have been a great opportunity for me to see an African film on a big screen.

As a Chinese national, I have seen a lot of old USSR films when I was little, such as The Dawns Here Are Quiet and And Quiet Flows the Don. I have to admit that I’ve never seen a film about modern Russia. What a pity that I missed this one!

I normally am not a nature and animal person, but I heard this film is beautifully shot. I am taking a documentary workshop this semester and one of the groups in our class is making a documentary on a local family honeybee business. Their film touches upon the “colony collapse disorder” discussed in More Than Honey. I really should have gone to this screening or at least let that group know.

This film is about Hydro-fracking in Poland. I grew up on an oilfield. My parents work for a major oil & gas company in China. I have a complex about the issue of anti-fracking as someone who’s keen to the environment but also has a close tie to the petroleum industry, especially when China is having its own shale gas boom right now.

As the complexity of the issue itself, I find myself struggling in the midst of different perspective. I am aware of the environmental consequences Hydraulic Fracturing might cause: I’ve witnessed the anti-fracking movement in New York State: I saw a documentary on the campaign, Dear Governor Cuomo, at last year’s FLEFF: I have taken an environmental science class on the issue. But on the other hand, I also believe that as long as we don’t abuse the exploitation of finite resources like shale gas, it could be used as a source of energy before alternative resources catch up.  Of course, I would like to learn on the issue as much as possible to the point that I can take a clear stand. I wish I could have seen this film and see which side of my opinions it would add more weight to.  


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