Just as a little introduction, my name is Hannah Wheeler, and I’m a Programs and Membership intern for the summer at the UNA-GB. I’m originally from a small town in Pennsylvania and am currently studying International Studies and Middle Eastern studies at Boston College.
The official Film Festival committee recently held the first screening of potential documentaries for the Global Voices Film Festival this year. Although I don’t want to give anything away, we have a wide variety of content to choose from this year. So far, we’ve seen movies that covered AIDS, Street children, Rape, Russian human rights, and even more to come.
A difficult aspect in choosing these films is to balance quality and content. For example, we may find a really obscure, fascinating topic that may not be as well-known by the general public, but if the filming or delivery doesn’t reel in the audience and get them teetering on the edges of their seats–or even vaguely interested, it may not be the best choice. If we have a film that covers a topic the audience thinks (keyword “thinks”) they know all about, but attacks it in a different angle and films it in a way the audience is going to eat up–then we’ve got a possible pick. With so many films to choose from, it can get pretty difficult to make the cuts. In addition, we have to make sure that the films maintain that ‘Global Voice’. It has to address issues not just in America, not just in one specific country, but border to border. It has to look at the broader scale, how human rights of one country affect the rest of the world.
It is a very interesting process and we’ll make sure to keep you updated with the screening process!