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UNI film series to explore why 'Food Matters'

March 3, 2014

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's film series "Food Matters: Individual Choices … Community Concerns" will continue in 2014 with film screenings throughout the spring semester. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.

The first film, "King Corn," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24. The film follows two friends as they grow and farm an acre of corn and in the process, discover a manipulative and destructive food system.

The second film, "The Garden," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28. This documentary depicts the plight of the farmers of South Central Farm, an urban farm and community garden that was demolished in 2006.

The film series is part of UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground project. For more information and a full list of events, 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