2017-18 Global Issues Film Festival

The 16th Annual Global Issues Film Festival is hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint, Kettering University, and Mott Community College. In 2017-18, the festival continues its tradition of bringing provacative films to Flint. This collaborative event includes the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, representing a variety of voices and viewpoints.

UM-FLINT SCREENINGS: Held at the KIVA Auditorium in the University Center. Parking available in the Mill Street Ramp. Visit maps.umflint.edu for parking and driving directions.

MOTT SCREENINGS: Held in the Regional Technology Center Auditorium. Visit mcc.edu/mcc_maps for parking and driving directions.

QUESTIONS: Elizabeth Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu or Candice Munoz at candice.munoz@mcc.edu

2017-18 films

DON'T TELL ANYONE (NO LE DIGAS A NADIE)

DON'T TELL ANYONE (NO LE DIGAS A NADIE) (2015).
Directed by Mikaela Shwer. 75 min.

Screening: Wednesday, November 1
, 6 p.m. in the UM-Flint KIVA

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story. Don't Tell Anyone follows Rivera's remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.

DON'T TELL ANYONE (NO LE DIGAS A NADIE)

DON'T TELL ANYONE (NO LE DIGAS A NADIE) (2015).
Directed by Mikaela Shwer. 75 min.

Screening: Thursday, November 2, 6 p.m., Mott Community College    

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story. Don't Tell Anyone follows Rivera's remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.

KUMU HINA

KUMU HINA (2014). Directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. 77 min.

Screening: Friday, November 3, 6 p.m., at Mott Community College

Hina Wong-Kalu is a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s long-held embrace of mahu. The mahu were regarded as people who embody both male and female spirit and they were traditionally respected as keepers of ancient traditions. Kumu Hina focuses on: 1) Hina’s work with a school that specializes in Hawaiian language, history and culture, 2) her mentoring of a student who is proud to be seen as a mixture of boy and girl, and 3) Hina’s relationship with her Tongan husband.  Overall, the film offers insight into the universal challenge of loving somebody outside the norm and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha – love, honor, and respect for all.

FOOTPRINT: POPULATION, CONSUMPTION, AND SUSTAINABILITY

FOOTPRINT: POPULATION, CONSUMPTION, AND SUSTAINABILITY (2016).
Directed by Valentina Canavesio. 81 min.

Screening: Saturday, November 4, 1 p.m., at Mott Community College

By globetrotting through multiple countries and discussions with experts taken from every corner of the world, Footprint provides a unique window into the real effects of population growth and consumption inequality on the world we live in and on the environment. There are surprising revelations on who is standing in the way of solutions and those pushing for them. The film documents the array of possible solutions that open up when we take the time to ask the critical question of how many of us there are in the world and what the Earth can sustain if we are to all live a dignified life.

TASHI'S TURBINE

TASHI'S TURBINE (2015).
Directed by Amitabh Joshi. 52 min.

Screening: Saturday, November 4, 3 p.m., at Mott Community College

Tashi Bista dreams to install a makeshift wind turbine in Namdok, a remote village nestled high amongst the Himalayas of Nepal. Battered by wind and cold, Namdok has been in darkness for centuries. Tashi Bista, a local activist, provides a fresh perspective to alternative energy. He grew up in this region without electrical power. He is determined to bring lights to Namdok in an effort to prove himself to the skeptical village community, which has been neglected by the government and deprived of infrastructure necessities, such as electrical power.