Magazine article The Nation's Health

Minnesota Film Festival Brings Health Issues to the Screen

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Minnesota Film Festival Brings Health Issues to the Screen

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FEATURING films that covered engaging

public health topics such as the farm-to-school movement, health as a human right and end-of-life decisions and care, the Minnesota School of Public Health's eighth annual National Public Health Week Film Festival in MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., drew a record audience of more than 1,050.

Monday's film was "Farm to School: Growing our Future," which highlighted partnerships that have flourished in the state to provide a new market for farmers and fresh, local food for students. The 27-minute documentary examined the economic advantages and challenges for farms, businesses, schools and communities in improving children's health and education.

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On Tuesday, the film festival showcased "Crossing Midnight," a 29-minute film showing how military restrictions on travel, lack of electricity and insufficiently trained health workers turn what might be considered a simple illness in Western nations into a life-threatening problem in Burma. The 2000 World Health Report ranked Burma's health system as the second worst in the world. Also on Tuesday, attendees watched "One Bridge to the Next," spotlighting health among the homeless and issues such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, active tuberculosis and body lice infections.

Each nightly film was followed by a question-and-answer session with health leaders. Before each film, light refreshments included fare such as homemade soft pretzels, sparkling water, popcorn, organic lollipops, spring pea and fresh mozzarella crostini and mini cookies. …

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