Things Do Change Program
With My Own Two Wheels
Directed by Jacob Seigel-Boettner | USA | 2010 | 44min | Subtitled | (Q&A)
The bicycle is a simple machine that upon first glance, has few parts to complete the whole. However, what one may do with it is a completely different story. The documentary, WITH MY OWN TWO WHEELS, directed by the Seigel-Boettner brothers Jacob and Isaac, takes us across the globe to five distinct cities in four separate continents. The film follows five people, all who, with the help of the bicycle, make the best of tough situations. Each member has a unique way in which the bicycle has affected their lives, from providing a means of transportation to attend school for the first time, to being the catalyst for a disabled young woman to enter the work force as a bicycle mechanic. Their drive, coupled with the help of global organizations that distribute bicycles to all corners of the world, links together the stories of individuals who have been empowered by the bicycle, and give it the recognition it deserves.
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Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
Directed by Curt Fissel | USA / UGANDA | 2010 | 40min | (Q&A)
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Living in the wake of collapsed coffee prices and lingering intolerance created by Idi Amin’s regime of terror, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish Ugandan coffee farmers challenged economic and historical hurdles by forming “Delicious Peace Coffee Cooperative” in 2004. The co-op had twin goals: economic development and the building of peaceful interrelationships. Partnering the next year with a Fair Trade U.S. distributor, the farmers’ standards of living are improving, harmony is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their neighbors as well as to their coffee customers in the United States. DELICIOUS PEACE GROWS IN A UGANDAN COFFEE BEAN is a 40-minute documentary narrated by actor Ed O’Neill that tells the farmers’ uplifting and inspiring story. Director/cinematographer/editor Curt Fissel has received Emmy nominations, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, and many journalism awards over his 30-year career.