Social justice film festival at UMF

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FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will present the third annual Social Justice Film Festival. This year’s festival, “Sustaining Spirit,” will feature informative documentary films and expert speakers that explore the issues of health and grassroots social change.

Sponsored by the UMF University Forum and Culture Committee, the events are free and open to the public.

All events will take place at Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, unless otherwise noted. The following events have been planned:

Thursday, March 25: Linda Sockabasin, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and Tracy Harty, director of comprehensive care management at Franklin Memorial Hospital, will speak on the issues affecting inequality and health care in Maine. They will speak from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

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The film “Unnatural Causes” will be shown at 7 p.m. and “Sick Around the World” will be shown at 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30: The film “Critical Condition” will be shown at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 1: Gino Nalli, director of the Access and Finance Program Area within the Institute for Health Policy, will speak on current national health care reform efforts, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The film, “We Feed the World,” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6: The film “Good Food” will be shown at 7 p.m. and “Water First” will be shown at 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 8: “Power of Community” will be shown at 7 p.m. and “Made in China” will be shown at 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13: Filmmaker and artist Shirley Roccapriore will speak on the making of “ArtSpirit,” a documentary on the survival of the artist community in Provincetown, Mass. She will speak from 11:45 a.m.  to 1 p.m., in the Lincoln Auditorium. “ArtSpirit” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m., in Thomas Auditorium.

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