Hotly debated effects of globalization free trade, culture erosion, social injustices inspire uncomfortable levels of stress and anxiety. But consider that the relatively recent phenomenon of worldwide film festivals is also an aspect of globalization. Rather than resorting to finger-pointing or name-calling, try forgetting the sometimes painful consequences of globalization with a trip to the movies 12 short movies at that.
The 2007 Manhattan Short Film Festival screens today at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts in Lawrence). The festival includes a dozen short films from around the world, including one entry from the United States. Viewers will vote for the winner on a provided ballot. The ballots will then be submitted by e-mail from more than 200 screenings in 20 nations on three continents. The winning film will be announced Sunday evening. The top five filmmakers get various prizes, including production assistance and equipment.
The viewing and voting begin at 7 p.m. General admission costs $8; student and senior admission is $7. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, see msfilmfest.com or call 785-749-1972.