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Bengal Theater to screen ‘Black Gold’ documentary on dark side of coffee trade March 20

March 9, 2007

The Pocatello screening of an Independent Lens production “Black Gold” is scheduled at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theatre from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 20.

    “Black Gold” discusses the theory that multinational companies have made coffee the second most valuable trading commodity in the world. According to the film, as westerners revel in designer lattes, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. Tracing one man’s fight for a fair price, “Black Gold” attempts to be an eye-opening exposé of the $80-billion coffee industry.

The event is sponsored by Idaho State University, Independent Television Service and Idaho Public Television.

    ITVS is a leading funder and presenter of award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new-media projects on the Internet and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series “Independent Lens.” ITVS and PBS jointly curate “Independent Lens.” It also is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Additional screenings for “Independent Lens” for the 2006-07 season are as follows:

•    April 17, “Knocking” – Jehovah’s Witnesses have ensured many of our civil rights.

For more information, contact Jim Fullerton at 282-3154.


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