Ore. -- (March 31, 2009) - The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, the
longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, will
be screened in April at the University of Oregon. The festival will kick
off with "Gimme Green" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Each program will begin with a short trivia contest,
followed by the featured film and a discussion from a panel of UO and community
experts who will answer questions from the audience.
festival honors Margaret Mead (1901-78) who taught generations of Americans
about the value of looking carefully and openly at other cultures to better
understand the complexities of being human.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York organizes the
festival and shows films that encompass a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction.
The films will be shown April 15, 22 and 29 in room 175 of the UO
Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. Admission is $3 per movie or $7 for all
three, and free for UO students and Museum of Natural and Cultural History
members. Tickets are available at the door.
April 15, 7 p.m.: "Gimme Green"
"Gimme Green" is a look at the American
obsession with lawns and their impact on our environment, our wallets and our
outlook on life.
April 22, 7 p.m.: "Confronting
Terrorism: Promised Paradise"
Jakarta-based puppeteer Agus Nur Amal travels to
Bali to call to account the individuals responsible for the terrorist bombing
of a Balinese nightclub in October 2002.
April 29, 7 p.m.: "Lucha Libre Activista - Super Amigos"
in the regalia of the Lucha Libre, five former professional wrestlers in Mexico
City don the personas of superheroes to fight injustice and inspire others
within their local communities.
festival is sponsored by the UO,
KLCC-FM and Eugene Weekly.