Global Issues Film Festival

The Department of Liberal Studies has been a proud sponsor of the Global Issues Film Festival since its inception. Free and open to the public, the film festival brings provocative films to Flint including the work of independent filmmakers from around the world, representing a variety of voices and viewpoints. It began as an exploration of contemporary social and moral issues through the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival hosted by the Department of Liberal Studies. This first festival included eight films shown over four days that Human Rights Watch selected as the best for artistic merit and human rights significance.

In recent years, the Global Issues Film Festival has grown to be a Flint tradition co-sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Mott Community College, and the University of Michigan-Flint. Half of the films are shown in the fall at Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium and the other half shown in winter at Kettering University’s McKinnon Theater.