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Posted by Jade Hazzard at 10:40PM

Blog post written by Jade Hazzard, FLEFF blogging intern 2019, Camden Maine. 

The programming for the 2019 Finger Lake Environmental Film Festival is now live. With the festival quickly approaching now is the time to start planning which screenings and events to go to. Here is a list of five screenings showing at Cinemapolis.   

What Will People Say (106 mins)
What Will People Say”, is a drama written and directed by Iram Haq. This film depicts a young Pakistani girl living with her parents in Norway. When sixteen-year-old Nisha is caught with her boyfriend in a bedroom, the life she knew was about to drastically change. She is sent to Pakistan to live with family against her will. What lengths will parents go to, to protect their families honor? This film is based on the life of Iram Haq who at 14 years old was sent to Pakistan by her parents from Norway. “What Will People Say” will be playing at Cinemapolis on Thursday, April 4th at 7:10 pm and Friday, April 5th at 9:15 pm. 

Swing Kids (133 mins)
Anti-war dramas and dance musicals are rarely every placed together in cinema. That didn’t stop "Swing Kids"  writer and director Kang Hyeong-Cheol. Set in a prisoner of war camp an African American G.I. is ordered to put on a Christmas dance show to send to various media outlets. This was done to boost the image and morale of the POW camp that was run by the U.S Army. This film is based on the Korean musical “Rho Ki-Soo”. Playing at Cinemapolis on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:10 pm, and Thursday, April 4th  at 9:15 pm.

Staring at the Sun (116 mins)
Written and directed by Ithaca College alum Harry Greenberger, “Staring at the Sun” depicts two teenage Hasidic girls living in Brooklyn something has always felt missing. Living under the strict rules and pressure of their community they reach a breaking point. The two girls decide to drive away from everything they have known to find freedom. What they find is that “Sometimes the scariest thing in the world is to be completely free”. Greenberger began writing the film about 15 years ago after seeing that two Hasidic girls had gone missing in New York and nobody knew what happened. Screening at Cinemapolis on Thursday, April 4th at 7:10 pm and Friday, April 5th at 9:15 pm. 

Mr. Soul (115 mins)
The documentary “Mr. Soul” was inspired by the PBS series “Soul!” that ran from 1968 to 1973. The series was hosted by Ellis Haizlip, and dubbed as the first “black Tonight Show”. The show showcased African American musicians, actors, politicians and more. The documentary was written and co-directed by Ellis Haizlip’s niece Melissa Haizlip. It aims to shed light on Ellis Haizlip, his life and ability to help create a new era of television in America. Playing at Cinemapolis on Thursday, April 4th at 4:20 pm and Sunday, April 7th at 5:50 pm

Sweet Country (113 mins)
Set in the 1920s the neo-western "Sweet Country" follows the aftermath of a drunken attack that leads to a shooting. Racism is deeply rooted in Australian history, and while this film is fictional it is true to history. It portrays land grabs, race-based double standards, and blatant slavery. This film will be playing at Cinemapolis on Thursday, April 4th at 4:15 pm and Sunday, April 7th at 3:55 pm. 

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