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Monday, June 14
 

1:00pm EDT

Film Series: Foul Water/Fiery Serpent
Foul Water/Fiery Serpent is a new documentary feature film that follows dedicated health workers engaged in a final battle to eradicate a horrific disease in Africa. For thousands of years the Guinea worm parasite (Dracunculus medinensis) has caused disabling misery, infecting people who drink water contaminated with the worm's larvae. After growing inside the victim for a year, the adult worm, up to three feet long, emerges from the body through an agonizing skin blister that can incapacitate and cripple. For nearly three years, Foul Water/Fiery Serpent tracks determined teams of men and women as they fight the closing skirmishes to wipe out the last Guinea worms in Ghana and Sudan. Attacking the parasites where they thrive - in poor, remote villages that rely on contaminated water - they distribute filter cloths, treat water sources with safe pesticide, educate villagers about avoiding the worms, and treat victims suffering from the disease. Through a relentless cycle of successes and failures, facing ignorance and superstition in a vast landscape ravaged by war, the heroes in this story are making medical history in an epic struggle to drive an ancient enemy into extinction. Following the victory against smallpox, Guinea worm is likely to be the next disease in the history of mankind to be eradicated from the Earth.

Monday June 14, 2010 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre

2:30pm EDT

Film Series: Youth Zones
In conflicts and natural disasters around the world, young people, at a crucial state of their development, are faced with numerous challenges and difficulties. Emergencies often steal their adolescence and force them to undertake adult responsibilities. The structures and institutions that should guarantee their secure, peaceful development-schools, family, community and health centers-are often broken down, leaving them with little, if any, support, and sometimes in charge of others. Access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, including information on STIs and HIV/AIDS, is often impossible and further ignored by humanitarian efforts. Yet in the midst of these great difficulties, young people raise their younger siblings, form youth groups/organizations, put food on the table for their families, conduct peer education activities contribute to peace movements, galvanize their communities and contribute in numerous other ways to positive changes. Crucial as these stories are, most of them are never told. Youth Zones documents the voices of young people affected by conflict and natural disaster. Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, accompanied by spoken word poet, Luke Nephew, and youth activist, Chernor Bah, facilitated discussions and conducted creative writing and poetry workshops with youth from Liberia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Uganda and New Orleans. Youth Zones profiles youth who work as educators, peace activists, healthcare assistants and drama mentors in an effort to rehabilitate their communities after emergencies.
The film screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Lisa Russell and a poetry performance by Safia Elhillo.

Monday June 14, 2010 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre
 
Tuesday, June 15
 

1:00pm EDT

Film Series: Call to Life
Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAIN) is a six-year USAID-funded project implemented in 24 districts by a consortium led by JSI. PAIMAN is designed to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Pakistan and address issues of family planning. Muslim religious scholars (Ulama) intervention, implemented by JHU-CCP, a consortium partner, has been a key building-block for PAIMAN. This unique intervention is implemented through a strategy that was chalked out by Ulama themselves. A Central Committee of influential Ulama is spearheading the project. Call to Life, a 13-minute documentary, primarily highlights the potential of Ulama in improving MNCH situation especially in hard to reach areas of the country. The documentary emphasizes the importance of Ulama as a medium for behavior change communication by assuring that religion and development can go hand-in-hand. An impact evaluation of this intervention affirms that the level of knowledge among respondents exposed to health messages by Ulama was generally 25% higher than those who were not exposed.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre
 
Wednesday, June 16
 

12:30pm EDT

Film Series: Shuga
Shuga, part of MTV Staying Alive's regional HIV campaign Ignite is a hard-hitting three-part drama series set in Nairobi, Kenya that follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife-edge due to their love of risk and danger. It is a story of love, sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another. Shuga tells the story of Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she has to do in order to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty? Running parallel is the Romeo and Juliet style love story of Virginia and Leo - while the two are destined to be together, will they be able to get past the obstacles that stand in their way?

Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre
 
Thursday, June 17
 

12:30pm EDT

Film Series: Once in Afghanistan
In 1969, in response to the World Health Organization's challenge to eradicate smallpox worldwide, the U.S. Peace Corps sent a small group of women to Afghanistan to vaccinate. The group's task was to reach women and children in remote areas who might be missed by Afghan male vaccinating teams because of cultural taboos against such contact. The harsh climate, difficult terrain, organizational obstacles, and frequent resistance to vaccination provided constant challenges to the volunteers -- what was unchanging, however, was the generous hospitality of the Afghan people toward complete strangers -- a gift well remembered even 40 years later. The film ONCE IN AFGHANISTAN explores the women's often humorous recollections of adjusting to life in Afghanistan and the immense impact being there had on their lives. Filmmakers are Jill Vickers, a Peace Corps vaccinator, and Jody Bergedick, formerly with Middlebury (VT) Community Television, Children's Television Workshop, and Broad Street Productions (NY).

Thursday June 17, 2010 12:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre

3:30pm EDT

Film Series: Pushing the Elephant
Pushing the Elephant chronicles the story of Rose Mapendo and how she escaped from the violence of the Democratic Republic of Congo to become a vital voice to help mend her divided country. She has assisted dozens of survivors to recover and rebuild their lives. But there is still one person Rose must teach to forgive - her daughter Nangabire. When war came to Rose's village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. She escaped with nine of her ten children and was resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the US where they face the past and build a new future. We follow Rose and Nangabire over the course of two years as they make up for lost time. Rose struggles to find balance in her life as a mother of ten and a full-time advocate for refugees. Meanwhile, Nangabire, now 17, attempts to adapt to teenage life in Phoenix. She tries to accept Rose's message of reconciliation, but feels she has traded in one complicated life for another. This intimate family story brings to life the horrors that continue to be endured in Congo, the importance of international involvement, and the ways in which individual acts can make enormous contributions. The film will capture one of the most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman's mission for peace.

Thursday June 17, 2010 3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre