Thank you for making this Film Festival a huge success!

The 9th Annual Global Voices Film Festival has come to an end, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who joined us for the powerful, and very “thought provoking” international documentaries screened during the two weekends.

We were very happy with the strong turn out on both weekends. The documentaries screened on the first weekend: Sutura, Democracy in Dakar, and Little Town of Bethlehem teleported us into regions of Africa, and the Middle East, shedding light on some of the very critical issues faced by the people in the region.

On the second weekend of the Film Festival; Countdown to Zero exposed us to one of the greatest fears faced by many: the of the possibility of a nuclear disaster, and Sneak peek of Cape Wind gave us a better understanding of the drama associated with the fight over Cape Wind.

The panel discussions that followed the screenings were very much appreciated by all the participants, and we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our panelists for joining us, and providing our film festival with a whole new meaning.

Thank you for our fabulous sponsors:

We also appreciate the work and dedication of our Film Festival Committee, who spent hours selecting films, contacting film makers and panelists, and drumming up support!:
Anna Feder
Pamela Frank
Wes Grace
Lena Granberg
Kendra Gray
John Haederle
Yelena Kashina
Martha King
Karen Kingsbury
Yolanta Kovalko
Tara Kuglen
Robin McGuire
Anne Medinus
Scott Mustard
Sally Rubinoff
Stephanie Sanchez
Jamil Simon
Georgia Stavropoulos
Lisa Unangst
Austin Watroba

All those who joined us this season, we welcome your feedback. Please feel free to email us at info@unagb.org for any suggestions on the films you would be interested in watching next year and if you’d like to be part of the Film Festival Committee.

Until next year!

Cheers,

UNA-GB Staff

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Final Weekend of Film Festival is a wrap!

This weekend we had great attendance and participation at our two films – Countdown to Zero on Friday, Oct 1st and a sneak peak of Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America on Saturday, Oct 2nd.

Feedback from film attendees included “A provocative film in the making. Important issues!”, “debate was great!” and “Great film and panelists!”

One of our fabulous Fall 2010 interns, Geroline, attended Saturday’s night’s sneak peak of Cape Wind and had the following to say about the experience:

I thought Cape Wind was an extremely thought-provoking film. I came in thinking that it would be the usual, biased documentary that would use every minute to persuade me to support the construction of the wind farm in the Nantucket Sound. However, to my surprise, the film conveyed each of the opposing sides clearly. It pointed out extremely valid points that got me constantly swaying from one side to the other. I finally understood that there has been a reason why Cape Wind has been a brutal fight for 9 years. By the end of the film, my inner thoughts were in conflict, making me truly feel the drama of the Cape Wind issue. The Cape Wind panel further continued this inner debate of mine. The panel consisted of the co-producer of the film, a proponent and an opponent of the project. They clarified each side’s opinion even more, making it a heated debate. The discussion was so compelling that I wish there had been more time. I would highly recommend watching Cape Wind, no matter what your opinion on the environment and clean energy may be. Because I assure you, the film will make you think twice on your opinion!

That’s all we can ask for at our film festival – an expansion of perspectives and good discussion!   If you attended any of the films this year and have feedback to share, please comment below and send us your feedback at info@unagb.org

Check out photos from this weekend’s films below.

Cheers,

UNA-GB Staff

Countdown to Zero photos:


Guntram Mueller, Board Member of Massachusetts Peace Action, and Dr. Jim Walsh, Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program, spoke in detail about the real threat of nuclear proliferation and what we can do about it during the Countdown to Zero panel.

Sneak Peak of Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America photos:

Daniel Coffin, the Producer of Cape Wind; Richard Vietor, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School; and David G. Tuerck, Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research at Suffolk University offered background and different perspectives on the Cape Wind controversy and legal/political battles.

Film Festival Committee member Wesley Grace probes the Cape Wind panelists on the divisive issue.

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Ready for some great panel discussions?

We are hoping that all of you are as hyped up about the 2 documentaries;  screening this upcoming weekend as we are! For more details on the films screening this weekend visit our website at www.bostonfilms.org.

Just to remind you, we have panel discussions following the screenings of each documentary.  We wanted to update you on some of the panelists, who will be present for discussions following the documentaries. Check out the exciting experts and activists below:

On Oct. 1st, following “Countdown to Zero,” the film that will sweep us into a scorching, hypnotic journey around the world to reveal the palpable possibility of nuclear disaster and frame an issue on which human survival itself hangs; we have two panelists to lead discussion and debate.

Guntram Mueller,
who is currently a member of Massachusetts Peace Action’s Board of Directors and Chair of the United Justice for Peace Nuclear Abolition task force, will speak Friday night. Mueller is also a core group member of 2020Action which puts out a monthly action alert on nuclear weapons and environmental issues. He retired three years ago from teaching Mathematics at UMass Lowell.

We will also have Jim Walsh, who is an expert on international security issues, and his research and writings focus on issues regarding nuclear weapons, and terrorism. He is a prominent figure in the field of security studies, and has testified before the US Senate on Iran’s nuclear program. Dr. Walsh is currently at Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program.

On Oct. 2nd for the Sneak Peek of “Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America,” the film that brings us back to our own backyard, and explores the divisive controversy over the Cape Wind project, we have three panelists with diverse experiences and perspectives on the issues under discussion.  The panel discussion following this sneak peek will provide you with a great opportunity to discuss your viewpoints with the Producer of the film, and the experts, before the complete documentary is released.

Daniel Coffin, the Producer of Cape Wind, and a pioneering technology consultant and energy aficionado, will be joining us for the panel discussion.  As the lead writer of this film, Mr. Coffin has been instrumental in weaving the Project’s regional significance into the dual national crises of energy independence and climate change.

Richard Vietor, a Senior Associate Dean for the Asian Initiative, and Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, will also be on our panel.  Professor Vietor has done extensive research on the global wind industry and is the author of several cases on the topic including, “Cape Wind: Offshore Wind Energy in the USA,” Harvard Business School Case 708-022.

David G. Tuerck, currently the Executive Director, Chairman, and Professor of Economics of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research at Suffolk University rounds out the Oct. 2nd panel.  For the past seven years, Mr. Tuerck has directed studies aimed at determining the effects of Cape Wind on tourism and property values, as well as the project’s cost-effectiveness for reducing pollution and global warming.  Most recently, he has authored opinion editorials critical of Cape Wind’s contract with National Grid to provide power to Massachusetts customers.

Both nights are sure to offer lively, informed debate and discussion.  Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the conversation!   Get your tickets now at www.bostonfilms.org and invite your friends.

We are looking forward to having you at the Film Festival!

Cheers,

UNA-GB Staff

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Film Festival’s First Weekend – A Great Success!

As many of you know this weekend 3 very powerful documentaries were screened at the Harvard Kennedy School: Sutura: Rape in Senegal, Democracy in Dakar, and The Little Town of Bethlehem. We had a great turn out for both Friday and Saturday night, and some intense and very informative panel discussions after the screening of each documentary. Viewed described the films “very thought provoking,” and shared that they thought there were an “amazing choice of films.”

Thank you to all those who joined us! This coming weekend, get ready to watch two more powerful documentaries; Countdown to Zero, on Friday (Oct. 1st), a film highlighting the hazards and possible dangers of nuclear proliferation:, and a Sneak preview of Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America on Saturday (Oct. 2nd), a documentary regarding clean energy sources.

All films will screen at 7pm at the Harvard Kennedy School. See our website at www.bostonfilms.org for film descriptions, schedule, venue, and ticket information. We recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible as the seating is limited.

The films will be followed by panel discussions, allowing you to discuss these critical issues and the documentaries in detail with film producers and/or expert guest panelists.

All those who missed out on the documentaries screened on the Festival’s first weekend, find some of the photos from the festival below:

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And the 9th Annual Global Voices Film Festival begins….

If you’ve been looking for powerful, international documentaries depicting some of the very critical issues of the world, now is the time to buy your tickets for the films screening on September 24-25, and October 1-2, 2010.

On the first weekend (September 24 and 25), Friday night we’ll have two films: Sutura, a film about how women in Senegal are organizing to end the silence around rape and sexual violence in their communities; and Democracy in Dakar, a groundbreaking documentary bridging the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film focusing on politics in Dakar Senegal. This film explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process following rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. Saturday evening’s film is Little Town of Bethlehem, which follows the story of three men of three different faiths, their lives in Israel and Palestine, and each man’s choice of non-violent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence. The film examines the struggle to promote equality through non-violent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides.

On the second weekend (October 1 and 2), Friday night’s film is Countdown to Zero which will sweep us into a scorching, hypnotic journey around the world to reveal the palpable possibility of nuclear disaster and frame an issue on which human survival itself hangs.  On Saturday, we are fortunate to have a Sneak Peek of Cape Wind about the divisive controversy over the Cape Wind project, which will be replicated hundreds of times over as industrial-scale renewable energy projects are proposed for America’s deserts, ridge lines, and waterways.

After each film, filmmakers and/or experts will join us for a panel discussion, giving you a chance to discuss your viewpoints.

All films will screen at 7pm at the Harvard Kennedy School.  See our website at www.bostonfilms.org for film descriptions, schedule, venue, and ticket information.

Seating is limited, so purchasing your tickets as soon as possible is highly recommended.

Cheers,

Stephanie Sanchez
Film Festival Coordinator

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Please find your seats . . . the show is about to start!

The long and arduous film selection process is winding down, and the committee is preparing to make its final decisions for the 2010 Global Voices Film Festival within the coming days.

The films in contention come from a wide array of topics and represent stories from around the world, from movements on other side of the globe to issues raging in our own backyard.

The variety of this year’s submissions is a testament to the complexity of the challenges the world faces today. Controversial environmental movements are galvanizing support on both sides in the United States. Organ trafficking in Egypt is threatening the health and safety of thousands in the greater Middle East. Politicians and activists in the nuclear-age are having trouble finding a balance between pragmatic diplomacy and revolutionary international cooperation. Traditional treatment of women in Africa is being challenged by those demanding modernization of social codes. The seemingly timeless Israeli-Palestinian question is now being answered by a nonviolent movement using familiar inspiration. Children in Kenya battle unthinkable struggles imposed by poverty while trying to maintain their youthful cheer. Remote tribes look to maintain their way of life, standing up to international conglomerates and the spread of industrialization.

All these issues and more have been presented to the Festival’s selection committee and have sparked vibrant debate in recent weeks. The 2010 Global Voices Film Festival promises to showcase a dynamic collection of films that will not only shine light on areas in which the United Nations is working, but also offer unparalleled insight into the challenge we face.

Check back soon for the finalized decisions!

– Patrick

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Screening Time

Screening for the 9th annual Global Voices Film Festival has officially begun! This week a few interns and I have been watching clips of the films sent in and have been very impressed by the various stories and diverse topics on AIDS, non-violence, street children, indigenous peoples and so many more global issues that are very relevant and current to today. I am gaining a lot of knowledge from these films and have personally witnessed the power documentaries have. Educating viewers and exposing them to the real world, documentaries help to create awareness on a topic that would otherwise be unknown to viewers. I appreciate the work of documentary filmmakers and wish to see more documentaries out in the big theaters. Horror films, action and adventure films and comedies are enjoyable to watch but documentaries do so much more than entertain. Documentaries produce understanding, inspire and give viewers the chance to experience more than a fictional story.

Great job filmmakers and I look forward to viewing the films in whole with the screening committee in the upcoming weeks!

Christina

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