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Filmmaker Stephanie Black Presents Her Film as part of Foreign Culture Series

The 12 Windows: Encountering Culture Through Film series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges offers a special event: filmmaker Stephanie Black will present her film, and music from the soundtrack will be performed.

October 10, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Filmmaker Stephanie Black will introduce and discuss her film “Life and Debt” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Yami Bolo, a musician featured on the reggae soundtrack, will perform as well.

“Life and Debt” is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. The film explores the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade that need to be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.

“Life and Debt” won the audience award Best Film of the Festival at the One World 2002-Prague Human Rights Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Jamerican Film Festival. The documentary film includes interviews with Former Prime Minister Michael Manley, Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund Stanley Fischer, and short commentary by President of Haiti-Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Former President of Ghana-Jerry Rawlings.

Black's other feature-length documentary “H-2 Worker” won both Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival. Black was chief researcher and second unit director of “Incident at Oglala,” an award-winning feature-length documentary on Leonard Peltier and the activities of the F.B.I. on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1970s. For more than 10 years, Black has produced and directed live-action documentary segments for Children's Television Workshop for Sesame Street. She has also produced segments for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and PBS. She has produced and directed music videos for artists such as Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Buju Banton, Snow, and Anthony B.

For more information about the film, including links to the official Web site and reviews, please visit the 12 Windows Web site at

The 12 Windows presentation of “Life and Debt” is sponsored by several offices at Hobart and William Smith, such as The Partnership for Global Education, Caribbean Student Association, The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, Latin American studies program, international relations program, Office of Intercultural Affairs, modern languages department, and the Africana studies and media and society programs.