carleton blog | cinema politica screening truth to power en Interview with BANANAS!* Director Fredrik Gertten <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-blog-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="" /><a href="" type="image/jpeg; length=45746">ELA-gertten2_336930a.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>Carleton Cinema Politica screened BANANAS!* on November 3 with a lovely audience and plenty of questions unanswered. We were hoping to have Director Fredrik Gertten join us via Skype for a Q&amp;A but his busy schedule (and time zone) would have required him to answer questions at 2:30 in the morning after a long flight. Instead we had a wide ranging and productive discussion but promised the audience that we would ask Fredrik some of the questions that came up via email. Below are some of the questions and Fredrik's responses. We also were able to get a video Q&amp;A from a screening in Australia. We'll be posting it very soon so stay tuned! Special thanks to Fredrik Gertten, all the Cinema Politica volunteers and our audience!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BANANAS!* Carleton Fredrik Gertten Interview Sat, 13 Nov 2010 04:57:50 +0000 carleton 2005 at Aristide Film Draws Great Crowd, Raises $500 <p>While putting together our Winter 2010 Film Schedule we decided to screen a film as a Haiti benefit at the last minute; and we're happy we did! </p> <p>One of our co-organizers knew of a passionate student, Matt Banninga, who volunteers with an education/development/aid NGO that operates in Haiti. Rayjon Share Care is a relatively small non-profit but has found its niche in Haiti after the earthquake, caring for temporarily and permanently orphaned children in a small UN recognized refugee camp. We decided to team up with Matt and Rayjon to screen this great film and facilitate a discussion afterwards. </p> <p>It's interesting to see the amount of people that are automatically skeptical when they hear about 'another aid organization.' I think this is especially true in Haiti's case, since anyone with a vague awareness of the country's political history knows the long list of (often brutal) foreign intervention. Crucially, Rayjon works with Haitians rather than treating them as passive recipients of aid and has all of its programs are created, prioritized and implemented by Haitians. Matt told us of how friends of his asked him what he did in Haiti after his first visit. &quot;Did you dig wells? Help build stuff?&quot; &quot;No,&quot; Matt responded, &quot;they're not stupid, they can do that themselves.&quot; Well said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 22:11:07 +0000 carleton 1496 at Coca Cola Case a Hit at Carleton! <p><img vspace="4" align="left" width="303" src="/files/cinemapolitica/devang_md_carleton_cp.jpg" hspace="7" alt="Devang and MD table for CP Carleton" height="227" />When Carleton Cinema Politica first heard about Concordia's overwhelmingly successful premiere of the Coca Cola Case we immediately had two thoughts. First, there was euphoria and excitement. The amount of media buzz and the fact that almost 1,000 people showed up was astonishing. This feeling was quickly followed by &quot;wow, we've got big shoes to fill!&quot; Although we weren't able to get any Ottawa media to touch the story - partly due to the national coverage that had already taken place - we received an extraordinary amount of interest in the film in the week leading up to the premiere. Cautiously optimistic, we expected to have about 150 people in an auditorium that seats about 240. By the time we were ready to start the auditorium was absolutely packed, not only shattering our expectations but setting a new record for Carleton Cinema Politica. We had people standing and sitting in the aisles and some decided upon arrival to forego navigating the congestion. We were also very proud to have <a href="">Maude Barlow</a>, National Chairperson of the <a href="">Council of Canadians</a>, and <a href="">Peter Julian</a>, MP for Burnaby - New Westminster, in attendance. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:54:36 +0000 carleton 1431 at