HumanDocs Film Series partners with 2012 Nashville Film Festival for film screenings

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Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series is partnering with the 2012 Nashville Film Festival to present screenings of a variety of films during the event, which takes place April 19-26.

April 20

In honor of Earth Day 2012, Lipscomb is hosting two Nashville Film Festival documentary screenings on April 20 in Ward Hall. Events are free and open to the public. The day’s events include:

4:30 p.m. • A screening of “A Fierce Green Fire,” an epic overview of the environmental movement. 

“A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For a Living Planet,” is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells the stories of people who fight – and succeed – against enormous odds.

6:30 p.m. • A talkback featuring Dodd Galbreath, executive director of Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice

Galbreath will lead a discussion about the environmental movement and how citizens can be more proactive in protecting the world around them.

7 p.m. • A screening of “Last Call at the Oasis,” an exploration of the coming water crisis and how to avoid it.

Presenting the global water crisis as a crucial issue facing our world, “Last Call at the Oasis” attempts to shatter the myths behind one of creation's most precious resources. The feature documentary exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill effects and highlights individuals championing bold solutions. "Last Call at the Oasis" posits that society can manage this impending crisis if it acts now.


“Five Broken Cameras” screenings • April 19 and 26

Lipscomb University also presents the feature documentary “Five Broken Cameras” at this year's Nashville Film Festival. Screened in March as part of Lipscomb's HumanDocs series, “Five Broken Cameras” documents the nonviolent struggle of a Palestinian community opposing encroachment by settlers and the Israel-Palestine separation barrier. The film screens April 19 at 8 p.m. April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. This is a ticketed event.

Lipscomb will present a brief interfaith panel discussion following the April 26 showing of the film. Panelists include Daoud Abudiab, president of the Islamic Center of Columbia; Mark Freedman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; and Michael McRay, Lipscomb graduate and recent participant on a Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron. Panel moderator will be Larry Bridgesmith, senior fellow at Lipscomb University's Institute for Conflict Management.

The Nashville Film Festival -- the longest running in the South -- has partnered closely with Lipscomb's HumanDocs Film Series, which hosts quality documentaries exploring vital issues of social justice. Screening films monthly during the academic year, HumanDocs is hosted by the School of Humanities in Lipscomb University's College of Arts and Sciences.