MMCC to take part in global event
By Ann Cantrell
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday Madison will be part of a global discussion on the environment, war and peace efforts.
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is screening 24 short films in participation with Pangea Day. On May 10, across the world and at six major locations, these films will be played in addition to some live activities.
Judy Barber, executive director for the Cultural Center, said that once she heard about the event, she jumped at the opportunity to participate.
The 24 films cover a variety of global topics from the perspective of different cultures. Barber thought that a screening at the Cultural Center would be a great opportunity to increase discussion about global issues.
She went on to say that she believed strongly in the premise of the films.
“The premise behind it is to use film as a way to help people understand each other better,” said Barber.
Film and other forms of art are very powerful, said Barber, because they cross national and cultural boundaries.
The film festival started after the winner of the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) prize, Jehane Noujaim, was granted her wish of an international film festival.
The films will also be streamed across the internet. At the auditorium of the Cultural Center, individuals can stay for the duration of the four hours, or drop-in. People are encouraged to bring a picnic for before the event, and drinks will be provided by Coca-Cola company.