UW-La Crosse hosting U.N. Association Traveling Film Festival


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The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) Traveling Film Festival is coming to UW-L Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. (Image courtesy of UNAFF.)

The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) Traveling Film Festival is coming to UW-L. This is the fourth time — once every two years — that the festival has been held on campus. A variety of documentary films from around the world will be screened from noon-9 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 10:50 a.m.- 7:25 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Centennial Hall rooms 1309 and 1400.

The themes for this year’s UNAFF Traveling Film Festival are “Human Dignity” and “Education is a Human Right.” Topics include: human rights and justice, education, the environment, food, pollution and water. Countries represented in documentaries include: Thailand, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Canada, United States, Kenya, India, Afghanistan and others.

Francine Klein, a distinguished lecturer in the UW-L Modern Languages Department and one of the Film Festival organizers, says this is a unique opportunity to view world-class documentaries on subjects of pressing concern to us all. “These films broaden our awareness of the present and future struggles and opportunities we all face together in our common search for happiness,” she says.

The list of films to be shown, information about each film and the Film Festival schedule can be found at www.uwlax.edu/UN-FilmFest. The event is free and open to the public.

Follow the Film Festival on Twitter at #UWLUNAFilmFestival and Facebook:UWLaCrosseUNAFFTravelingFilmFestival

The event is being promoted through social media, says Jim Jorstad, director of Academic Technologies. “We are using mainstream social media strategies to promote the event not only in the La Crosse region, but worldwide,” he explains. “Our methods are bringing the festival to the global stage and people are quickly responding.”

The UW-L Select Committee on Internationalization is coordinating the festival. It is sponsored by the university’s Office of International Education, Information Technology Services, Department of Modern Languages and Office of the Provost, along with the UW-La Crosse Foundation

If you go—
What: United Nations Association Film Festival
When: Noon-9 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 10:50 a.m.-7:25 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Where: Rooms 1309 and 1400, UW-L Centennial Hall
Admission: Free.