As in past years, this important film festival screens diverse international documentary films, all designed to wake up, educate and sometimes mobilize viewers around critical global issues. A committee of volunteers has spent over six months first searching several key documentary film sites for recent excellent issue-oriented documentary films, then previewing a shorter list of the best of those films in order to select the nine films which will be screened in this year's festival.
Among the five feature films to be presented this year are the following: Green Gold, in which filmmaker, John Liu takes on a tour of large scale ecosystem restoration projects around the world; Academy Award Nominee, 5 Broken Cameras, a first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance following a West Bank family’s evolution over five years of upheaval; Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives, a film that may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMO’s); Chasing Ice, one of the most important environmental documentaries you will ever see depicting the melting or our Earth due to climate change; and The Fourth World, a journey to Guatemala, Kenya, and the Philippines to meet people caught up in the largest migration in the history of the world.
This year’s festival in Monterey is made possible through the generous support from the following sponsors: The Arts Council for Monterey County, with a grant from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors;
According to Sherri Yahyavi, Committee Chair of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the UNA-USA 2013 International Documentary Film Festival, "We are looking forward to presenting the 14th annual film festival of international documentaries!
The Monterey Bay Chapter of the UNA-USA is an all-volunteer organization of more than 600 members in Monterey County, and one of the largest and most active UNA chapters in the country. In addition to the International Film Festival and other community events, they have held two successful Adopt-a-Minefield Campaigns for Bosnia and Afghanistan, and work with student groups at various local high schools, colleges and graduate schools. UNA-USA (national organization)
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