|Globetrotting Journalists Come to Bay Area for Stories from a Small Planet Festival Presented by KQED and FRONTLINE/WORLD|
Lowell Bergman to Moderate Festival of International Video Journalism
Festival on Global Affairs September 23-25 at the Delancey Street Screening Room in San Francisco
San Francisco, August 27, 2003 -- Explore the gritty realities of global politics with journalists who have trekked through the Philippine jungle to find religious extremists, uncovered illegal arms dealers in Sierra Leone and searched for a war-torn family history in the streets of Hanoi at the Stories From a Small Planet Festival presented by KQED Public Broadcasting and FRONTLINE/World.
Stories From a Small Planet Festival, a three-day showcase of international video journalism, features segments from FRONTLINE/World, a documentary news magazine series co-produced by WGBH Boston and KQED San Francisco, as well as conversations with the globetrotting journalists who reported them. Hosted by series editor Stephen Talbot, Stories From a Small Planet Festival begins Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. and continues through Thursday, September 25 at the Delancey Street Screening Room in San Francisco. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 415-553-3310 for reservations.
Stories From a Small Planet Festival, like FRONTLINE/World, will turn its lens on the global community, focusing on countries and cultures that are often under reported. The festival will present stories on subjects such as Nepal's first all female sherpa climbing team and Central America's indigenous coffee farmers' struggle to survive in a rapidly changing industry.
The journalists who reported and/or produced the FRONTLINE/World stories will be in conversation every night of the festival. Guest journalists include, poet and NPR contributor Andrei Codrescu, KQED Public Radio's host of Pacific Time Nguyen Qui Duc, investigative reporter William Kistner, documentary filmmaker Doug Hamilton and up and coming younger producers and reporters Margarita Dragon, Arun Rath, Alexis Bloom, Joe Rubin and Sapana Sakya. The festival's conversations will be moderated by award-winning investigative reporter Lowell Bergman of PBS's FRONTLINE and The New York Times, and John Else, documentary filmmaker and director of Center for New Documentary at the U. C. Berkeley Graduate School Of Journalism.
Stories from a Small Planet Festival precedes FRONTLINE/World's second season of compelling off the beaten path stories. The new season begins Thursday, October 30 at 9:00 p.m. on KQED Public Television and nationwide on select PBS stations.
Stories from a Small Planet Festival
Tuesday, September 23
JOURNEYS HOME: First person travel narratives. Can a reporter go home again?
Reporters Andrei Codrescu, Arun Rath and Nguyen Qui Duc.
ROMANIA: My Old Haunts
A poet in the land of Dracula
INDIA: Starring Osama bin Laden
Finding the unexpected
VIETNAM: Looking for Home
Rediscovering my country
Wednesday, September 24
REPORTING FROM CONFLICT ZONES: Covering wars and talking to both sides.
Guests: Producers William Kistner, Doug Hamilton and Margarita Dragon with Lowell Bergman.
SIERRA LEONE: Gunrunners
Exposing the illegal arms trade
VENEZUELA: A Nation on Edge
Covering a deeply divided country
PHILIPPINES: Islands Under Siege
Meeting Muslim rebels in the jungle
Thursday, September 25
THE NEXT GENERATION: The young and the restless the new video journalists.
Journalists Alexis Bloom, Joe Rubin and Sapana Sakya with Jon Else.
NIGERIA: The Road North
The Miss World Riots
NEPAL: Dreams of Chomolongma
Women sherpas scale Everest
GUATEMALA & MEXICO:
Coffee Country. Can fair trade save the farm?
STORIES FROM A SMALL PLANET FESTIVAL
September 23, 24, 25 @ 7 p.m.
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco
Call 415-553-3310 to RSVP for tickets. Seats are limited, so please RSVP well in advance.
For more information visit pbs.org/frontlineworld.
FRONTLINE/World is bringing a new generation of journalists to television and the web with innovative and sparkling new video and exclusive online documentaries. Each episode of FRONTLINE/World features two or three "short stories" told by a diverse group of reporters and video journalists. These first-person stories will take viewers on adventurous journeys to foreign lands from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Taking advantage of easily portable digital cameras, our correspondents roam widely, observe closely, and when necessary, film surreptitiously. By presenting viewers with compelling stories from around the planet, the series aims to not only help fill the void in current international news coverage but also to engage the American public in global stories that resonate in their own lives. The television series is complemented by an extensive Web site, which was awarded a 2002 Online Journalism Award for General Excellence by the Online News Association and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Frontline/World is a co-production of Public Broadcasting stations KQED and WGBH.
FRONTLINE/World's Web site pbs.org/frontlineworld publishes original reporting, interviews, reporter diaries, and interactive features. Visitors can watch all broadcast stories on the Web site. Web-exclusive stories have been produced and reported by emerging journalists currently enrolled in or recently graduated from leading graduate schools of journalism as part of a new FRONTLINE/World Fellows Program.
FRONTLINE/World has initiated an engagement campaign, designed to raise public awareness of our stories, and spark dialogue in communities and campuses nationwide. For more information contact Brent Hall at 415-553-2857.
Stories from a Small Planet Festival is sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Northern California. Additional sponsor is Lonely Planet. The Festival is co-presented by Bay Area Video Coalition, Center for Investigative Reporting Inc., Film Arts Foundation, ITVS, KQED Signal Society, National Asian American Telecommunication Association, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and International House.
Major funding and underwriting support comes from PBS and CPB, the corporation ABB, Ltd., The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the KQED Signal Society -- Friends of FRONTLINE/World.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.