The second annual ENVISION: Addressing Global Issues through Documentaries, jointly presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project and the United Nations Department of Public Information, has announced its forum lineup. Academy-Award Winning director Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for ‘Superman’ and Jennifer Arnold’s A Small Act will be part of the forum dedicated to exploring creative solutions to the global education crisis, focusing on the UN’s Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal primary education. It will be held on Saturday July 10 at the Times Center in New York City.
Waiting for ‘Superman’‘s screening will be followed with the panel ‘Pubic Education: Re-examing the Old Model and Probing the New.’ A Small Act is about a Kenyan boy who is now a Harvard-educated humans right lawyer after a woman in Sweden sponsored his education, and his scholarship he’s set up to pay it forward. That film will be followed with a discussion entitled ‘Education Obstacles & Solutions in Africa – The Power of One.’ Lastly, the forum will include a panel, ‘Telling Their Own Stories: The Impact of User-Generated Media and the Individual as Documentarian,’ which will be a program with user-generated videos about education conditions around the world, from human rights organizations Witness, World Without Walls, Video Volunteers, UNICEF and Breakthrough.
- RS West ’18