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Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series Binghamton University – Stephanie Black
October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Event sponsored by Department of Cinema & Human Right Institute:
Stephanie Black, Binghamton Alumna, will screen and discuss her film
LIFE AND DEBT, 86 min. US
Life and Debt is a feature-length documentary which addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica. Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact. This film was screened on PBS/POV and was awarded best film award at seven international film festivals.
Screening earlier at 1:15-2:40 pm, in Zurack Center (LN 1302C)
H-2 WORKER, 70 min. by Stephanie Black will be followed by discussion with the filmmaker.
A fascinating exposé of Florida’s sugar cane industry guest worker program. Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, H-2 WORKER reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II to the 1990’s.