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2016 Film Festival

I’m Not Leaving Eldon

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2016

8:30 AM – RACE & CLASS IN THE US (PART I)

LOCATION: Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium 2

9:20 AM AWARD WINNER—BEST GRADUATE STUDENT FILM:

I am Not Leaving Eldon, dir. Jessica Bollag (49 mins).

Screenings are followed by Q&A with Jessica Bollag and Steven Rousso-Schindler.

The state of Iowa is the largest producer of soy and corn in the U.S.. In the town of Eldon multi-national farming corporations are the most important job sources – mostly in the low income bracket. Five young people talk about their daily lives in this rural area. Firing and outsourcing are real threats. Beside this, the protagonists are labeled with negative stereotypes: white trash, rednecks and hillbillies. The inhabitants describe the local changes. Why stay despite bad job opportunities? How do they deal with their negative stereotypes? Why is freedom more important than a career? Creative solutions and a strong sense of community are essential in this rural region. An anthropological documentary about unlocked doors, fun and conflict in geographical isolation.

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