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2017 Pulitzer Center-CUGH Global Health Film Festival

Event Date:

April 8, 2017 | 6:30 PM EDT


Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
International Ballroom East

Washington, DC 20009

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Join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for a screening of films by Pulitzer Center staff, grantees and student reporting fellows. Filmmakers Evey Wilson, Kent Wagner, Kathryn Carlson, Sarah Fahmy, and Nikita Sampath join a discussion/Q&A following the screening.

Mist and Mystery: Deforestation—Kent Wagner, Pulitzer Center student fellow

The ecological devastation of Malaysia and Indonesia involves illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture, mining, palm oil cultivation, habitat loss, and climate change. Palm oil production is at the center of Borneo's deforestation. It is estimated that Indonesia has lost 31 million hectares of forests since 1990. In his film, Wagner details the issues of climate change and limiting natural resources as a direct result of this deforestation.

Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater—Steve Elfers, Pulitzer Center grantee

Much of the planet relies on groundwater. And in places around the world so much water is pumped from the ground that aquifers are being rapidly depleted and wells are going dry. This video investigates the consequences of the emerging crisis in Kansas by telling the story of the Garetson family who is being forced to confront questions of how to safeguard their aquifer for the future and what happens when the water runs out.

A Widow's Torment—Amy Toensing and Kathryn Carlson, Pulitzer Center grantees

In some parts of the world, a husband's death brings his widow not only personal grief but also a new life of extraordinary hardship, poverty, powerlessness, and abuse. In Uganda, widowed women can suffer a multitude of injustices. This is the story of Betty Nanozi, who was widowed just three weeks after her son, John Paul, was born. Over the 11 years of her widowhood, she describes how her husband's children from a previous marriage robbed her of everything twice, even threatening the life of her son. Now, with the help of attorneys, social workers, and criminal investigators from the International Justice Mission, Nanozi is fighting back.

The Next Frontier in Mining: Deep Sea Exploitation in the Pacific—Sarah Fahmy, Pulitzer Center student fellow

As the hunt for resources intensifies across the globe, international companies are now looking to the ocean for a new source of exploitation: deep-sea underwater mining. Minerals worth millions of dollars can be found thousands of meters underwater—subsequently, the world has begun staking claims of the seabed. However, the proposed mining process appears to be destructive and there are many effects of mining that we cannot anticipate. Sarah Fahmy explores the emerging industry of deep-sea mining and its potential impact on our oceans.

Why the South Is the Epicenter of the AIDS Crisis in America—William Brangham and Jason Kane, Pulitzer Center grantees

The epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in America is Atlanta and the southeast, and among the hardest hit populations are gay and bisexual black men. According to the CDC, half of them will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes if current trends continue. In order to reverse this trend, the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS is formalizing a plan to end AIDS in the region. Pulitzer Center grantees Brangham, Kane and Jon Cohen report on this topic as part of their PBS NewsHour series "The End of AIDS?"

Aboard the Floating Hospital—Nikita Sampath, Pulitzer Center student fellow

In northern Bangladesh, fine silt from the river Bramhaputra accumulates into small floating islets that form and disintegrate every few years. These islets, known as chars, are fertile lands and are inhabited by farming families. Owing to the fleeting nature of these islets, the government finds it impossible to build permanent structures like schools and hospitals on them. In order to provide healthcare for the char people, the Friendship NGO has established floating hospitals.

Using Morphine To Stay Alive—Atish Patel, Pulitzer Center grantee

In India, as in much of the world, the death of a terminally-ill or elderly person is often approached as a medical failure, not a normal and inevitable course of life. But medical professionals and citizens in Kerala, the southernmost tip of India, decided to put quality—not quantity—of life at the center of their health policy. For the past 20 years they have built this philosophy into an extensive palliative care program that ensures chronically ill and dying patients a more peaceful and painless end.  

The Role of Visual Journalism in Global Health—Evey Wilson, Pulitzer Center associate producer

Pulitzer Center grantee David Rochkind discusses the role of visual journalism in the field of global health. He highlights how researchers and journalists can work together to disseminate information about important health topics to the public. Visual journalism can engage people by providing a face to an issue and create an entry for the general public to explore scientific research and data. 

The film festival is open to the public, and no conference registration required for this event.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Washington Hilton 
International Ballroom East
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009



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