Valencia to Show Five Free Films During Global Peace Film Festival

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orlando – Valencia College will present free showings of five films in Orlando’s Global Peace Film Festival, starting on Sept. 12 with the showing of “Girl Rising” and concluding on Sept. 19 with a free showing of “Beyond the Divide.”

In conjunction with the Global Peace Film Festival, the Valencia screenings will also be accompanied by panel discussions or question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers.

The schedule is:

A scene from "Girl Rising."

A scene from “Girl Rising.”

■ Sept.12 at 6 p.m. on Winter Park Campus: “Girl Rising,” in which documentary filmmakers follow nine girls in the developing world who confront nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams. The event includes a film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Location: Winter Park Campus, Room 225. (Note: Seating is limited. Please arrive early.)

■ Sept.17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on East Campus: “I’m Not Leaving,” a documentary that chronicles the experiences of Carl Wilkens, the only American who refused to leave Rwanda when the genocide of 1994 broke out. Wilkens stayed to protect two Tutsis whose lives were threatened – and through archival footage, as well as home video and eyewitness accounts, his remarkable story is told onscreen. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Wilkens. Location: East Campus, Building 3, room 113.

■ Sept.18 from 10-11:15 a.m. on West Campus: “Broken City Poets,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of four high-school students who are challenged to use poetry to make sense of their bankrupt, gang-ridden California city. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jose Vadi. Location: West Campus, Health Sciences Building, room 105.

■ Sept.18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on West Campus: “Paper City,” a documentary that began as a series of interviews with students from crime-ridden Holyoke, Mass., where the teens must navigate through a drug economy, struggling school systems, gang warfare and a school-to-prison pipeline. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Akil Gibbons and Andres Feliciano. Location: West Campus, Health Sciences Building, room 105.

■ Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on West Campus: “I’m Not Leaving,” a documentary that chronicles the experiences of Carl Wilkens, the only American who refused to leave Rwanda when the genocide of 1994 broke out. Wilkens stayed to protect two Tutsis whose lives were threatened – and through archival footage, along with home video and eyewitness accounts, his remarkable story is told onscreen. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Wilkens. Location: West Campus, Health Sciences Building, room 105.

Carl Wilkens

Carl Wilkens

"Beyond the Divide"

“Beyond the Divide”

■ Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Winter Park Campus: “Beyond the Divide,” a documentary that explores how a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate in Missoula, Mont., tried to heal the old wounds that divided soldiers and peace activists in a war that deeply divided the nation. Location: Winter Park Campus, Rooms 225-226. (Note: Seating is limited. Please arrive early.)

The screenings are part of Valencia College’s Global Peace Week, presented by the college’s Peace and Justice Initiative. The Peace and Justice Initiative is working closely with the Global Peace Film Festival, which now is housed at Valencia’s Winter Park Campus.

The GPFF presents films from around the world and discussions that highlight the power of film as it relates to peace issues. Members of the public can attend educational panels, meet filmmakers and special guests and hear from local activists about their work.
Since 2003, the GPFF has shown more than 300 films from around the world. The critically acclaimed programming has included the Academy Award-winning documentary “Taxi to the Darkside,” and Academy Award- nominated films “War/Dance,” “Recycled Life,” and “Binta and the Great Idea.”

Click here to learn more about the events taking place on all five Valencia campuses during Valencia’s Peace Week celebration.

To learn more about the film festival, please visit the Global Peace Film Festival website.

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