For Immediate Release: April 8, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — Caught in a collision between America and China, the newly independent people of South Sudan find themselves battling again in the documentary, “We Come As Friends,” presented by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Culture and Society.
The film will be shown on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Hubert Sauper, the film follows his single journey into South Sudan, a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future. When Africa’s largest country is war-ravaged and divided, the people of South Sudan must battle against Colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of holy wars over their land and resources.
Sauper uncovers the people’s thoughts and dreams. Chinese oil workers, United Nation peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists weave common ground in this documentary.
The documentary is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of poverty while encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the academic year.
Remaining programs in the series during the spring semester, both at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218, are “A Rural Reconsideration of the Subculture of Violence Hypothesis,” Bob Moschgat, sociology, social work and criminal justice, Thursday, April 21; and “The Effects of Poverty on Language and Literacy Development,” Patricia Lawton, speech language pathology and audiology, Thursday, April 28.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.