The 43nd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will be underway March 27-April 7 at Tower City Cinemas and NEO Sierra Club is again a proud community partner with the festival. We are a partner for the documentary entitled, Right to Harm, which examines the environmental harm done by factory farming and the use of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The film informs us about how animal waste from CAFOs has affected adjacent communities and we learn how citizens have organized to force government officials to regulate CAFOs. The film has direct relevance to Ohio as we struggle to limit that amount of animal waste and fertilizer that enter into Lake Erie.
A schedule for the film festival is posted at www.clevelandfilm.org. Right to Harm will be screened on Thursday April 4, 4:50 PM and Saturday April 6, 11:20 AM at Tower City Cinemas. It also will be shown on Friday April 5, 6:15 PM at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Other environmental films are included in the festival; to find titles and screening times check the “Global Health” category in the program guide that will be available online and as hardcopy. Tickets go on sale March 16 for CIFF members and on March 23 for the general public. They can be purchased online through clevelandfilm.org or by calling the box office at 877.304.3456. You may also buy tickets in person at the Film Festival box office in Tower City Cinemas. To receive a $1 discount on the price of a ticket ($14 for CIFF members and $16 for general public) use the codeword “SIERRA” when you buy tickets. Buying tickets in advance is always a good idea as many of the shows sell out. NEO Sierra Club representatives will speak before each screening of the film; let’s make sure that they are speaking to packed houses!