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Human Rights and Food: A Film Series

This film series will feature documentaries selected to illuminate the theme of this year's Weissberg Chair residency with Vandana Shiva. Discussion with faculty and guests will follow each film. 

Dirt! Movie PhotoFriday, February 7th,

Dirt! The Movie

7 pm, Sanger Science Center 150

Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow/ 2009/ 86 min./USA

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's book Dirt! The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, this documentaryexplores our often troubled relationship with Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility.




Friday, February 21st

Darwin's Nightmare photoDarwin's Nightmare    

7pm, Sanger Science Center 150

Hubert Sauper/ 2004/ 107 min./ Austria

In Tanzania on Lake Victoria, the introduction of the Nile perch not only extinguished almost the entire stock of native fish species, but resulted in the export of perch and the import of guns.



Farmer John photo



Friday, March 21st

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

7 pm, Sanger Science Center 150

Taggart Siegel/ 2005/ 83 min./USA

This film explores the trials and triumphs of family farm life and the creation of Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States and based in Caledonia, Illinois.  Produced by Beloit alum Taggart Siegel and featuring Beloit alum John Peterson.



Friday, March 28th

Bullshit photoBullsh*t

7 pm,  Sanger Science Center 150

PeÃ… Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian/ 2005/ 73 min./ Sweden

The focus is on Weissberg Chair Vandana Shiva's work to protect indigenous knowledge in the wake of globalization, her battle against Monsanto, and a confrontation Barun Mitra of the Liberty Institute, which gave Shiva the "Bullsh*t Award For Sustaining Poverty."



Wednesday, April 2nd

Queen of the Sun photoQueen of the Sun:

What are the Bees Telling Us?

7:30 pm, at Bushel and Peck's, 328 State Street

(Farm to Table meal optional prior to screening)

Taggart Siegel/2010/ 83 min./ USA 

Beloit alum Taggart Siegel takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.  With interviews with Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva.