2011 Third Goal International Film Festival - Columbia, MO - January 29

Third Goal International Film Festival Poster

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the United States Peace Corps, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will host the Third Goal International Film Festival at the new University of Missouri Student Center. On January 29, 2011, the film fest will be held in the viewing room of the new Student Center located at 911 Rollins St.

This year’s feature film, “Niger 66,” follows five Peace Corps volunteers as they recently returned to Niger, a country where they served in 1966 as agriculture workers, digging wells and starting health clinics for women and their babies. This documentary film follows the volunteers as they reconnect with friends from Niger, and explores the culture shock of re-entry into the U.S. in the turmoil of 1968.

From celebrated director Judy Irola, a highly awarded cinematographer for more than 30 years and head of the cinematography department at the University of Southern California, “Niger 66” will enlighten those considering international service while interesting those who experienced the 1960’s. Hosted in collaboration with the University of Missouri Film Studies Department, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and the City of Columbia Public Communications Resources Advisory Commission, Irola will be in attendance for director commentary and will present at various events on the MU campus prior to the festival.

Other films include Jimisir, following a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal who taught math, science and English while learning to speaking the local language and adjusting to Nepalese culture. Then experience “The Kidnapped Bride,” with PBS reporter Petr Lom who travels to Kyrgyzstan, where an ancient tradition of bride kidnapping, banned by the Soviets, is resurgent. Lom gets inside families to talk with kidnapped brides -- those who have managed to escape from their captors as well as those who are making homes with their new husbands. Closing film is “Familia,” a poignant, universally accessible documentary about a poverty-stricken Peruvian family. Clearly the result of a long and respectful association with the subjects (Swedish producer/co-director Mikael Wistrom first met the family in 1974 and has helmed two previous films about them), this winner of the Karlovy Vary documentary prize is a must see.

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