New Films For a New Academic Year
Announcing our New Films for Fall 2016
Fall is here! For you, that may mean prepping for your courses, welcoming back students, or rolling out new workshops and programs. For us at MEF, fall brings the release of a whole new slate of films!
Here are just a few of the new releases we’re excited to share with you:
HOW THE FOOD INDUSTRY SEDUCED THE WORLD ONE SPOONFUL AT A TIME
Sugar Coated examines how the food industry has waged a series of public relations and misinformation campaigns to distract from the toxicity of sugar. Citing mounting scientific evidence linking sugar to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and children’s liver disease, the film asks whether Big Sugar—like Big Tobacco before it—will finally be forced to confront reality and put people’s health before profits.
THE SOULS OF BLACK GIRLS
Filmmaker Daphne Valerius’s award-winning documentary explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. Features powerful commentary from rapper and activist Chuck D, actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, and others.
HOMONATIONALISM & THE FUTURE OF QUEER POLITICS
Pride Denied explores how corporate sponsors coopted the concept of LGBTQ pride, turning it into a feel-good brand and blunting its radical political edge. After locating the origins of pride in sites of grassroots resistance, the film traces how it morphed into the depoliticized, big-business PRIDE™ spectacles of today. A compelling case for returning to the progressive political activism of the early LGBT rights movement.
Education, Inc. is a film about the accelerating movement to privatize America’s public schools. Filmmaker and parent Brian Malone travels to public school districts across the country to see for himself what the privatization movement is all about, and to determine what it would mean for his own kids if we abandoned our public school system. The result is a powerful and deeply personal look at a pivotal moment in the history of American education.
DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
The inspiring story of Nicole Sherry McFadyen, one of only two women in history to be named Head Groundskeeper of a Major League Baseball team. The film provides a humorous and uplifting look at what it’s like for a woman to navigate a male-dominated industry and break the glass ceiling.
THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND
ISRAEL’S PUBLIC RELATIONS WAR IN THE UNITED STATES
This powerful documentary narrated by Roger Waters explores how government officials and pro-Israel advocacy groups have shaped U.S. news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel’s favor. The film also takes a devastating look at how pro-Palestinian voices have been methodically silenced and vilified in media and on college campuses.
NEW FALL 2016 CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
MEF’s 2016-2017 catalog has arrived! In it you’ll find 140+ educational films organized by subject, including all of our new releases and bestsellers. You’ll also find a number of films that were official selections at previous Sundance Film Festivals, like Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, Google & the World Brain, and Fire in the Blood. If you haven’t yet received your copy of the MEF catalog in the mail, request one now!