Monroe-Baillargeon Discusses International Education at Film Fest

Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, assistant professor in the teaching and curriculum program, will be one of the local education experts, joined by PBS film producer Tamara Rosenberg, leading a discussion on international education at the first Genesee Independent Film Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The first film to be screened, Back to School, will begin at 1 p.m. with a panel discussion following the screening at 2:30 p.m.

Back to School profiles seven children in seven countries— Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya, and Romania—as they started their first year of school in 2003. Returning in 2006, the film shows that some of those children are already struggling, hanging onto their education by a thread. With more than 100 million children around the globe out of school, the 90-minute film puts a human face on an issue with profound consequences for global development.

The Independent Film Festival is free and open to the public. The event will be held on Genesee Community College’s Batavia campus in the Stuart Steiner Theater. For more details, call (585) 343-0055.

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