Arizona College of Public Health Presents 'Southwest PHilmfest: Views on Health Disparities,' April 4-8

Southwest Philmfest will screen a series of films addressing public health concerns.

Arizona College of Public Health Presents 'Southwest PHilmfest: Views on Health Disparities,' April 4-8

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is proud to sponsor "Southwest PHilmfest: Views on Health Disparities," Sunday-Thursday, April 4 to 8, which will screen a series of feature length and documentary films addressing major public health concerns, including diabetes, substance abuse, crime and violence, and HIV/AIDS.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between social issues (social injustice, social inequities, and community disenfranchisement) and health disparities. The event is being held in conjunction with National Public Health Week, April 4-11.

The Southwest PHilmfest kicks off with a community brunch on Sunday, April 4, 11:30 a.m., at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. The brunch will be followed by a 12:30 p.m. screening of Runnin' At Midnite, a "hard-hitting drama of five inner-city kids trying to escape the dangers of the ghetto through a midnight basketball league." After the screening, a panel of local actors, director Pablo Toledo, and executive producer Larry Toledo will discuss challenges facing urban youth on Tucson's South Side.

Other films to be screened during the week at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 North Campbell, are:

Monday, April 5, 1 p.m., Líí Biyíín (Horse Song). A dramatization about a Navajo man who finds out he has diabetes. Navajo with English subtitles.
Tuesday, April 6, 1 p.m., A Closer Walk. The first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic; produced in association with the Global Health Council and includes interviews with the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan and Bono.

Wednesday, April 7, 5 p.m., The Times of Harvey Milk. A dramatic and moving story of the first openly gay person elected to political office in California-from his triumphant grass-roots campaign to his brutal assassination one year later by fellow San Francisco city supervisor Dan White.

Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m., The Edge of America: Health, Rural America and the Struggle for Justice (Tentative). This documentary explores how three rural communities in Arizona, Montana, and North Carolina tackle injustices such as lack of access to transportation, poverty, inadequate housing, discrimination, and health care that produce poor population health outcomes and disease in their communities.

The kick-off event and all films are free of charge. For more information about the Southwest PHilmfest, contact Griselda Martinez, 626-7946, ext. 236, or or visit

The Southwest PHilmfest is sponsored by Project EXPORT and the Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute, both at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health.