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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 17, 2008) – UCM's anthropology program will host the Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival during the coming year, providing an opportunity to experience the nationally-recognized collection of independent films sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Learn about Global Cultures and Issues
The public is invited to join students, classes and groups in the screening of three of the festival’s six programs during UCM’s fall semester. Each program is comprised of critically acclaimed, anthropological films from the past two years, presenting a view of filmmaking from other continents and cultures and exploring global issues. UCM is the only the site in the region to offer the full festival, with the remaining three programs to be announced for spring semester.
Three Themes Presented during Fall Semester
The themes for the fall programs are “Beyond Borders,” “Confronting Terrorism,” and “Politics of Water.”
“Beyond Borders” will be featured Wednesday, Sept. 24. “Grito de Piedra (Scream of the Stone)” examines the evolution of Bolivia’s silver mines from a thriving industry to a tourist destination, revealing the enduring power of colonial enterprise to shape the life in South America. “Stranger Comes to Town” repurposes animations from the Department of Homeland Security, combining them with stories from the border, images from the online game “World of Warcraft” and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange.
“Confronting Terrorism,” scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15, offers a screening of “Promised Paradise.” Jakarta-based puppeteer Agus Nur Amal travels to Bali to call to account those responsible for the terrorist bombing of a Balinese night club in October 2002. He uses humor to explore the complexities of acts of hate, with results both revealing and sobering.
The Politics of Water
Three films take a look at the “The Politics of Water” Wednesday, Nov. 19. “The Water Front” documents the efforts of activists dealing with economic justice and welfare rights in Highland Park, Mich., in an effort to keep their community water supply from being privatized, bringing to the front the conflicts involved in managing a necessary public resource during an economic crisis. “Gimme Green” offers a realistic look at the American obsession with the perfect lawn and its impact on the environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. “Village of Dust, City of Water” is a lyrical and chilling cine poem about social exploitation over access to water in India, where rural water supplies are redistributed to serve booming cities and whole communities are displaced to create dams.
All films in the series will be presented, free of charge, from 6-8 p.m. in the Twomey Auditorium in UCM’s Wood Building.
For More Information
For more information on the UCM’s fall semester presentations, contact Amber Clifford, instructor in anthropology, at 660-543-4535.