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Documentaries to be shown for UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series

September 5, 2013

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Thomas Kessler, bibliographer and associate professor, Rod Library, 319-273-2810,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a number of documentaries as part of its annual Reaching for Higher Ground project. The theme for this year's film series is "Food Matters: Individual Choices … Community Concerns." Fall semester films will be held in the UNI Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

The first film, "Food Matters," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. The documentary examines how food affects every person and aims to create a dialogue about how individual food choices affect and impact the larger community.

The second film, "Hungry for Change," will be shown at noon, Monday, Oct. 14. The documentary demonstrates the marketing deception found in many weight-loss programs.

The third film, "Price of Sugar," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11. It highlights the struggle for the human rights of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic throughout the production of sugar.

The final film of the semester is "The Harvest," which will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9. "The Harvest" documents the many children in America who are exposed to the harsh elements of weather and farm fields to pick produce on farm fields in order to survive.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit or contact either Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or, or Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or