ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Three movies with themes that complement the 2011-12 All Bonaventure Reads book “Little Princes” have been selected for the upcoming All Bonaventure Views film festival at the university.
“Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” is the story of 29-year-old Conor Grennan, who traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe. During a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal, Grennan learned that the children were not orphans, but had been taken from their homes by human traffickers.
The films will be shown in the Rigas Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus. The viewings are free and open to the public. The following movies will be shown:
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 — “Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army” tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting a Maoist revolution. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 — “Everest: Beyond the Limit” was a Discovery Channel mini-series. With unusually severe weather and heartbreaking circumstances, this expedition up the world’s tallest peak becomes fraught with unexpected perils, leading to an emotional journey full of fear, hardship, exhaustion, disappointment and unforgettable triumphs.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 — “Call + Response” is a first-of-its-kind feature documentary that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: There are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The film goes undercover where slavery is thriving, from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India, to reveal that in 2009 slave traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Luminaries on the issue, including Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof, offer firsthand accounts of this 21st century trade. West draws parallels between the music of the American slaves and the chart-topping hits of today, with performances by such artists as Moby, Switchfoot, Five for Fighting, and Matisyahu, among others, transforming these chilling facts about slavery into motivation for preventing it from flourishing in the future.
All first-year students are asked to read the annual All Bonaventure Reads text, which is the cornerstone of the University 101 course. Many other courses will adopt the text, and the entire campus community is invited to read the book and participate in the numerous events planned over the course of the fall semester. Highlighting the fall programming will be a Monday, Sept. 26, campus visit by Grennan, during which he’ll give a public presentation at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
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