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2010.05.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Documentary, Panel to Address Issues of Global and Local Poverty

Omaha - A documentary about the causes of global poverty will be the springboard for a conversation about efforts to combat poverty in Omaha when Film Streams and inCOMMON Community Development collaborate on a special screening of THE END OF POVERTY? THINK AGAIN. Presented for one-night-only, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey (formerly Webster) Street.

Following the film will be a panel discussion on global and local poverty, and efforts underway in Omaha. The discussion will be moderated by Rev. Dwight L. Ford, Executive Director of Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP). Panelists will include: Professor A’Jamal Byndon, Director of Omaha Table Talk and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Black Studies at UNO; Chris Heuertz, International Executive Director of Word Made Flesh and author of “Friendship on the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission”; and Annemarie Bailey Fowler, business owner and former Opportunity@Work and Research Coordinator at Voices for Children in Nebraska.

A daring and thought-provoking documentary, THE END OF POVERTY? traces the roots of global poverty to policy decisions that have lasted for centuries. Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, the film casts a light on the deeper institutional issues surrounding poverty and causing it to proliferate. Actor and activist Martin Sheen narrates THE END OF POVERTY?, which also features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins and Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; and government ministers such as Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera. It was produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

This collaborative film event is part of Film Streams’ Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events that speak to their missions and programming. inCOMMON Community Development fights poverty by working with residents to build social capital and improve systemic structures within vulnerable neighborhoods.

Tickets for the screening and panel are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, students, and teachers, and $4.50 for Film Streams Members.

For questions, requests, or more information, contact Casey Logan at (402) 933-0259 or casey@filmstreams.org.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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