Global Understanding Fall Film Series

These films can count as one of your co-curricular events this semester (along with one of the two remaining Middle East films).

 

Dr. Holly Carter will lead discussion following the films and documentary listed below.

The Constant Gardener

Wednesday, October 22, Fleck 305, 7:00pm

When a British diplomat’s wife — a socially-conscious lawyer — turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.

2005, Directed By: Fernando Meirelles and Written By: Jeffrey Caine
Sicko

Monday, November 3, Fleck 305, 7:00pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach, Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities.

2007, Directed by Michael Moore

 

RX for Health, Disease Warriors (PBS Documentary)

Thursday, November 20, Fleck 305, 7:00pm

Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Pasteur went on to develop a rabies vaccine — a great scientific triumph. Today, vaccines have made huge strides against epidemics, conquering smallpox and bringing the global eradication of polio within reach. But the world still faces major challenges in getting basic vaccines to those who still need them, and in creating new ones to combat modern nemeses, like AIDS.

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