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Global Initiatives Week
When: Friday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 13
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JPC Recommendations Due
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Arts and Communication Day
When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
Where: Center for the Arts
5th UWL Biennial United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival
When: 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
Where: Auditorium , Graff Main Hall
Come Back (by Neil Haven)
When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
Where: Frederick Theatre (100) Morris Hall
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5th UWL Biennial United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival

This year's United Nations' Association traveling film festival will be held on the UWL campus on Friday and Saturday November 6 and 7, 2015.  This year's theme is:   "The Human Spirit: Resiliency and responsibilities”.   The selected films span the globe and prompt us to reflect upon problems facing societies here and elsewhere.  Splendidly filmed, engaging, poignant, uplifting at times, these documentaries develop students' awareness of a world beyond their immediate borders and our shared responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place for all of us.

Friday, November 6, 2-9p.m. and Saturday, November 7, 10a.m.-9p.m.

Film descriptions

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Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima suffer from severe nosebleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts. Citing a lack of transparency in the official medical testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and schools, the children's mothers take radiation monitoring into their own hands.

Bitter Seeds

Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair because he can no longer provide for his family. Bitter Seeds raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture.

Blessed Fruit of the Womb

Indigenous Guatemalan women fight for reproductive rights and freedom in a country with the highest fertility rate in Latin America, staggering poverty, and a population in which one out of every two children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition, the fourth highest rate in the world.

The Box

Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael ‘Izzy’ Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail.

Call me Ehsan

A look at the United States' war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, who was senselessly killed in Kabul in February of 2012 following the burning of Korans by U.S. soldiers.

A Civil Remedy

Within the U.S., tens of thousands of girls and women are trafficked for sex, every year. Traffickers, pimps and "johns" commit brutal crimes while the victims are often treated like criminals. The film tells the story of one American girl who survived. Commentary by Gloria Steinem and others explores a civil remedy to empower victims and hold the of perpetrators accountable.

Dry Season

An eclectic Northern California town faces an uncertain future as the state suffers through its worst drought in 500 years.

Fire in the Blood

Shot in eight countries on four continents Fire in the Blood tells the story of how western countries act on behalf of pharma giants, blocking access to low-cost antiretroviral drugs at the height of the AIDS disaster and how the remarkable efforts of people the world over breach this deadly blockade.

Freedom Summer

Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation's most segregated state. In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi.

Growing Home

Amid Syria's refugee crisis that has displaced nine million people, a Syrian barber struggles to maintain normality in the Zaatari refugee camp.

I Am a Girl

Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, and poverty. In this film we meet 14-year-old Kimsey from Cambodia, forced to sell her virginity at age 12; Aziza from Afghanistan, who will be shot if she goes to school; Breani, a teen living in a ghetto in NYC and dreaming of stardom; Katie from Australia recovering from a suicide attempt; Habiba from Cameroon, betrothed to a man 20 years her senior; and Manu from Papua New Guinea about to become a mother at fourteen.


This is Jonathan's daily routine: he wakes up at 3:15 in the morning, dresses, follows his sister and mother to work at Mercado Mayorista on the south side of Quito, Ecuador. By midday, Jonathan and his sister are ready to go to school for another six hours.

Juche Strong

"Juche" is North Korea's founding precept that roughly translates into "self-reliance" – the idea that North Koreans are free from polluting foreign influences and capable of crafting a prosperous nation on their own. This film presents the most pernicious misconceptions of North Korea and argues that the propaganda-fueled national ideology has played an integral role in country's survival.

The Last Battle

The Last Battle traces the story of a small group of elderly Kenyans in their fight to win a full trial against the British government for torture suffered at the hands of the British colonial authorities during the 1950s Mau Mau emergency. The documentary follows the developing legal case and allows the protagonists to tell the world their stories and the barbaric torture, castration and sexual assault they experienced in British run detention camps.

Libya, the Migrant Trap

For African migrants Libya used to be a Mecca: a place to find work or get access to Europe. But now the workers who come here are trapped in the political, economic and social chaos engulfing the country.

Marshland Dreams

Once the largest ecosystem in the Middle East, and the rich homeland of Sumerians for millennia, the Mesopotamian marshes were destroyed systematically by Saddam Hussein so that they couldn’t shelter rebel forces. For the past 10 years, Iraqi exile Azzam Alwash has wheedled, cajoled, encouraged and coerced his countrymen to help restore the marshes sustainably.


Multiethnic individuals express the complexity of identity when confronted with the question 'What are you?' Subjects share their experiences of growing up mixed-race in the twenty first century. This film confronts the viewer's preconceived notions of ethnic and racial identity.

No Strangers

Magnificently filmed, No Strangers explores the ways cultures express a shared humanity through a photographer's lens, and poses a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? When the people of the world answer this question, they do so in 7,000 unique voices.

The Pad Piper

The Pad Piper is the incredible story of a school dropout and grassroots innovator from India, Arunachalam Muruganantham, and how his innovation, a low-cost sanitary-pad making machine, is changing the face of menstrual hygiene for women across India, a country where menstruation is a taboo and a subject few men know or dare to ask about. Muruganantham's curiosity about his wife's use of cloth during her periods led to shocking revelations, and a long body of research that lasted over eight years.

Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

In towns and cities across Pakistan, tens of thousands of young boys have become the victims of pedophile predators with nothing to fear from the law. It's an open secret that few acknowledge and even fewer want to do anything about. “It's one of the most sad and shameful aspects of our society” says Imran Khan, world-famous cricketer and leading Pakistani politician.

Saving Face

Every year in Pakistan, many women are victimized by brutal acid attacks. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or an individual close to the victim, receive minimal, if any punishment from the state. Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad left his London practice to help the victims of such attacks.

Sewing Hope

For 25 years Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army terrorized Northern Uganda. Children were stolen from their families and brainwashed to be soldiers. Girls were degraded to sex slaves for Kony's officers. This is the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s fight to restore dignity, independence and hope to formerly abducted women in a vocational school setting.

Shady Chocolate

The filmmakers attempt to uncover whether the chocolate industry, one of the largest corporations in the world follows through on their promises to eradicate child slavery in the chocolate industry and to make good on their pledges to provide education, medical care and other needs for children.

Story of an Egg

The Story of an Egg is a short film that hatched from the Lexicon of Sustainability project. Two poultry farmers explain the real story behind such terms as "cage free," "free range" and "pasture raised," so that consumers can make informed decisions when they go to their local supermarket.


Both hopeful and poignant, Stumped tells the story of a filmmaker who suddenly finds himself a quadrilateral amputee and his effort to adapt to a world he never could have imagined, finding a new creative outlet in stand-up comedy.

The Wild Years

In Addis Abeba, over 270,000 street kids live without their parents and almost forgotten by law and society. The film describes how several children age 9-12 manage to survive in the streets by themselves and explores the complex social relationships that perpetuate this situation.

When: 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
Where: Auditorium , Graff Main Hall
For more information contact Francine Klein at fklein@uwlax.edu or 608.785.5246
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