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International Film Forum: DRYING FOR FREEDOM

From site: International Film Forum

Part of the Ecological and Civilizatory Crisis: Envisioning a Sustainable Future and an Equitable and Fair World Series

Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Weitz Cinema

Contact: Farrah Pribyl, x5567

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Drying for Freedom (2012) by Steven Lake

Presenter: Oscar Clemente, Video-activist and Environmentalist (Distinguished Visitor in Residence in the Carleton College Spanish Department); Jeff Ondich, Professor of Computer Science at Carleton College

Theme: Techno-optimism

Our planet’s economic and environmental future hangs on an unlikely thread: the clothesline. British filmmaker Steven Lake crosses the world to unravel the reasons and consequences for the banishing of the clotheslines in favor of tumble dryers. Corporate America sold us an electric dream: replacing simple centuries-old outdoors line-drying with the electricity hungry dryer, increasing the demand for dirty coal energy across the globe. Now, developing nations are starting their own love affair with an electric utopia exponentially increasing the demands on an already threatened environment. From the laundry-less gardens of sunny California to India’s communal open air Laundromats, Drying for Freedom by Steven Lake is a voyage into the new environmental battlefield where money, status and class come first and our planet is a poor second.

Q&A to follow screening

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