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Progressive Film Festival set for April 1-10

RELEASED: March 23, 2011

ECPFF graphicEAU CLAIRE —The fifth annual Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival will be held from April 1-10 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

This year's festival will feature 30 films — each followed by facilitated post-screening discussions. The festival will feature a variety of films, including foreign films, fiction and documentaries, as well as both long and short works. The discussion sessions are for sharing perspectives on and reactions to films and the issues they address. The festival is open to the public and admission to all films is free.

The broad aims of the Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival are to raise awareness and encourage activist engagement within ongoing struggles for human emancipation, social justice, collective equality, ecological sustainability and a peaceful world.

According to organizers, what the ECPFF represents is unrivaled in communities this size, as it is 10 days long, independent, nonprofit, all-volunteer and has a campus-community partnership.

All screenings will be held in Hibbard Humanities Hall. The festival schedule is as follows:

  • April 1: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Looking for Eric."

  • April 2: Noon, Room 323, "An Injury to One"; Noon, Room 321, "Tapped"; 2:30 p.m., Room 323, "Presumed Guilty"; 2:30 p.m., Room 321, "The End of the Line"; 5 p.m., Room 323, "I Am Slave"; 5 p.m., Room 321, "Money-Driven Medicine"; 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "The Tillman Story."

  • April 3: Noon, Room 323, "Stolen Land"; 2:30 p.m., Room 323, "South"; 5 p.m., Room 323, "Living with Emergency: Stories of Doctors without Borders"; 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Rachel."

  • April 4: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Bananas!*."

  • April 5: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "The Baader-Meinhof Complex."

  • April 6: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Hunger."

  • April 7: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Trudell."

  • April 8: 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "A Prophet."

  • April 9: Noon, Room 323, "Brick by Brick: a Civil Rights Story"; Noon, Room 321, "Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation"; 2:30 p.m., Room 323, "Maquilapolis (City of Factories)"; 2:30 p.m., Room 321, "After the Rape: The Mukhtar Mai Story"; 5 p.m., Room 323, "Megamall"; 5 p.m., Room 321, "Sin by Silence"; 7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Howl."

  • April 10: 11 am, Room 323, "The Bill Douglas Trilogy"; Noon, Room 321, "The Sari Soldiers"; 3 p.m., Room 323, "Comrades"; Room 321, 3 p.m., "Which Way Home"; 8 p.m., Room 102, "Raging Grannies: The Action League"; 8:30 p.m., Room 102, "What Would Jesus Buy?"

More information about each film is available online. For other information, contact Dr. Bob Nowlan, ECPFF founder and executive director, at ranowlan@uwec.edu or 715-497-7506; Aaron Brewster at brewstaj@uwec.edu or 715-703-0353; or Jamie Riehl at brownijk@uwec.edu or 715-514-2156.

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