This week the U of M plans to celebrate National Public Health Week not only by examining health issues on local and national levels, but also globally. Each night this Monday through Friday you can enjoy films from around the world and talks on the problems humanity faces. Tonight, the school screens a variety of short films that range in subject matter from post-natural disaster recovery in Haiti (Haitian Hope) to a documentary in which local med students take accountability for past medical mistakes (Medical Mistakes, A Culture of Denial). Other films planned for the night include Sari's Mother, a film about a mother's attempt to secure health care for her son after he is diagnosed with AIDS, Multicultural Health Storytelling Project, which features taped local performances, and Side Effects, a movie about the difficulty of diagnosing elderly when they are on dozens of prescription meds. Winners of the "It's Global" PSA contest will also be screened this night. All films screened this week are followed or preceded by panel talks with experts. For a complete list of films, visit www.sph.umn.edu/filmfest09.
Mon., April 6, 5:30 p.m., 2009