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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, May 1, 2015
Blog posting written by Sam Stahnke Cinema Production, '17, FLEFF Intern, Brooksville, Maine
The differences between a class and a film festival became apparent within the first days of FLEFF.
The first event I attended took place in a classroom but it became clear that the experience differed from a class. The FLEFF film Positive and Pregnant focuses on pregnant woman in Trinidad and Tobago with HIV. After the screening a student from the region discussed the issues depicted in the film. The chance to talk about the film with someone with first-hand experiences made it a different environment for discussion.
At the screening for The Last Colony, which focused on the issue of Puerto Rican statehood, people from Puerto Rico showed up to the screening and participated in the discussion after the film. The plebiscite that the documentary depicted happened in 2012 so the students from Puerto Rico remembered it clearly.
The film festival physically takes place in Ithaca, but the event works as a global experience.
How did FLEFF feel different from a class for you?