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Student group to show film about coffee trade

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 12:54 PM

Feb. 16, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A University of Louisville student group that promotes environmental action will show an award-winning documentary Feb. 23 about the world’s coffee trade.

“Black Gold,” a 2007 documentary directed by independent British filmmakers Marc and Nick Francis, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

The 78-minute film tells the story of Tadesse Meskela, an Ethiopian union organizer who works to help 70,000 coffee farmers earn fair prices for their product in a world market dominated by multinational coffee companies. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post called the movie a “poetic and hard-hitting critique of the global coffee industry.”

Gary Heine of Heine Bros. Coffee in Louisville will lead a discussion after the movie and representatives of Amnesty International will help explain how people can support the fair-trade coffee movement.

The film and discussion are both free and open to the public.

Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), a UofL student organization, is sponsoring the event. The group has shown three other films about sustainability at the planetarium, “FLOW: For the Love of Water,” “Mountain Top Removal” and “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

For more details, call Kaycee Stone at 812-989-2479 or see

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