The new Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 1, opens later this month. Already screenings of the film have been set up to benefit the hungry and poor.
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The opening of the new Hunger Games film offers a unique opportunity. The movie series, which is produced by LionsGate Films, has previously teamed with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America. WFP is the largest organization fighting world hunger while Feeding America is this nation’s food aid network.
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Winning an Oscar takes a lot of hard work. Sometimes films face challenges that you might not expect.
In the 1940’s one documentary faced a real barrier because theater owners did not want to show it. They called the film “too gruesome.”
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The New Hunger Games movie: Catching Fire has so much potential beyond being a stellar film. With extra imagination, and a little inspiration from history, this blockbuster can make a difference fighting world hunger.
A special web site has been set up to get fans involved. There is information about the global hunger crisis. There are even Hunger Games prizes for the film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. A site dedicated to the first Hunger Games movie is also available. You can take a special quiz and see a video message from Jennifer Lawrence.
This is a great opportunity for the movie industry to use its powerful influence to help bring relief to the starving children in Syria, Mali, Haiti, Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic.
This takes on even more urgency with the recent disaster in the Philippines, where a typhoon has left millions at risk of hunger and malnutrition. WFP is the lead agency in feeding storm victims.
The UN food agency, which relies on voluntary donations, is already stretched thin by the hunger crisis caused by the war in Syria. The Hunger Games, with its powerful media influence, can be a support in raising funds and awareness.
We know this can work. History tell us so. With famine lurking over Europe in the aftermath of World War I, the young motion picture industry came to the rescue.
Herbert Hoover and General John Pershing appealed for donations to the European Relief Council. As part of this campaign the movie industry held fundraisers nationwide. A two reel film was specially prepared for theaters. Stars made appearances at films to help the cause.
In Louisville, Kentucky two young local dancers performed at the Majestic and Crown Theaters. The Louisville Courier Journal proudly ran an article about its local talent with the headline “They’re Helping Europe’s Children.” Millions of Europeans received food from this outpouring of support in America.
During World War II films were used by American Relief for Norway and other groups to inform and raise donations. After World War II a film called the Seeds of Destiny won an Academy Award for showing the plight of the starving overseas. This film was influential in helping secure the food that was needed for the rebuilding of the war devastated nations.
Now today there are 842 million people worldwide suffering from hunger. In America, cuts to the food stamps program is going to place a huge strain on Feeding America’s network of food banks. The WFP and Feeding America each need support for their hunger relief missions.
When you go to the movie theater, think of sending the cost of an extra ticket to the World Food Programme or Feeding America. If a ticket costs 10 dollars, that is equal to around 40 meals donated.
Feeding a “silent guest,” one of the world’s hungry, was a big hit in America after World War II. You can carry on that tradition with the Hunger Games film and throughout the holidays.
You can get started by visiting the Hunger Games site. Then let your own imagination take over from there.
Originally published at The Huffington Post.
The Hunger Games movie is rallying support for the fight against hunger in the U.S. and abroad. The movie, which is set in the future after North America has suffered famine, is partnering with Feeding America and the World Food Programme .
The Manna Food Bank of North Carolina is holding a Hunger Games food drive. A sculpture based on the film was even set up at the nearby theater.
The West End Library in Washington, DC is conducting a food drive with the film’s release. The library’s web site states it hopes to draw attention to child hunger in the District. Feeding America states, “The District of Columbia (32.3%) and Oregon (29.2%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.”
KHAS TV in Nebraska says that Hastings High School held a Hunger Games Food Drive. The students came up with the idea and set up a canned good collection at the Hastings Imperial Theater.
WSLS TV in Virginia reports that two high school classes carried out a food drive to benefit a local pantry in connection with their own “Hunger Games” trivia competition. WCYB TV reports that movie goers have been asked to bring in canned goods to the theater which will be donated to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Northeast Tennessee.
The owner of a movie theater in Temecula, California has also set up a Hunger Games food drive. Also in California, the Monterey Free County Libraries are hosting a food drive in conjunction with the opening of the film.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says she believes more such events are underway in her state. She says that the Cleveland Food Bank is also helping spread the word about a Sundance independent film about hunger called Finding North .
The Hunger Games has an opportunity to inspire action against the famine currently threatening the Sahel region of Africa as well as Sudan. East Africa was struck by famine last year and is still recovering. Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and other countries are also facing severe hunger.
At the same time the President and the U.S. Congress are committing a low amount of funding for the Food for Peace program, the country’s main tool in fighting global hunger since the Eisenhower administration. The World Food Program USA is asking citizens to call on Congress to increase funding for Food for Peace from $1.4 billion to $2 billion to meet the growing crisis.
The Hunger Games, although fiction, has a chance to do some real world good if it inspires action and interest into hunger issues. Sometimes film is what it takes. An academy award winning film, The Seeds of Destiny, once inspired people to act against hunger in the wake of World War II. President Truman’s Cabinet Committee on World Food Programs even set up a viewing of the film.
With the fact that hunger is growing worldwide this kind of activism could not come at a more important time.
Fans of the novel The Hunger Games are setting up canned good collections to fight global hunger when the film version premieres this month. The Hunger Games is an adventure tale set in the future when North America has gone through drought, famine and war.
Hopefully this activism will spread across the country. We know from history that film gatherings can make a difference in fighting hunger.
At the University of Michigan in 1947 an event was set up where students could view films of the Rose Bowl football games. Their admission price was a canned good which would be placed upon the Friendship Train.
The Friendship Train traveled across the United States collecting food for the hungry in Europe after World War II. It was one of the magical happenings that took place in the spirit of the Marshall Plan which saw the rebuilding of a continent from the ruins of war.
So area businesses also benefited from this food drive to help the hungry overseas. One grocer noted that the students made nutritious choices, such as corn.
The Hunger Games has a real opportunity to match this kind of activism, and more so considering that social media provides more ways to organize such an event.
So we will see. Perhaps some of the theaters might even have a showing or two where the admission is a canned good or a one or two dollar donation.
A website has been set up where you can view a video with the stars of the film talking about how you can take action. You can take a quiz and learn more about global hunger. Donations are accepted on the site that will benefit WFP, the largest food aid organization in the world, and Feeding America, which is the leading agency fighting hunger in the United States.
Article first published as Will The Hunger Games Match the Rose Bowl Films? on Blogcritics.
The cast of The Hunger Games has filmed a public service announcement encouraging people to help fight global hunger. A new web site has been set up where you can take a hunger quiz and make a donation.
Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, says, “Unlike the characters in The Hunger Games, we do not live in a country in which food is scarce. There is enough food to feed everyone living in the US, but it’s not getting to millions of low-income people who need it. Thanks to our partnership with Lionsgate, The Hunger Games will help us expand much needed public awareness of the issue and encourage people to join Feeding America in our commitment to helping ensure that everyone has enough to eat.”
Nancy Roman of WFP says, “If all of us did just one small thing to fight hunger we could end hunger around the world. We are deeply grateful for the support of Suzanne Collins, who writes as though she understands hunger in the world, as well as Lionsgate and The Hunger Games cast – who have the power to change lives as they feed people worldwide.”
The partnership emphasizes fighting hunger in the United States and globally where massive hunger emergencies are currently taking place in the Horn of Africa, Sudan, Afghanistan, the Sahel region of Africa and other crisis zones.
The fighting hunger at home and abroad them carries on a U.S. tradition. In 1946, for instance, the U.S. started a national school lunch program while also organizing a massive relief effort to prevent post World War II famine.
In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower started the Food for Peace program (Public Law 480) to fight global hunger and a special school milk program to improve child nutrition in the U.S.
The Hunger Games, produced by Lionsgate, debuts March 23rd. You can learn more about the film and the fight against hunger at wfp.org/hungergames.
A new movie called War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, opens this Christmas. The film is set during World War I, what actress Emily Watson vividly describes as the useless slaughter of so many young men. (see her interview with Jen Dalton of WKRC News)
Millions perished from the advanced weaponry unleashed in the world’s first global war. But that was not the only threat facing France, Belgium and other countries caught in the conflict.
With the chaos of fighting came the disruption of food supplies. Hunger and famine are the companions of war. Millions more people in Europe would have perished had not humanitarian aid come to the rescue.
France was among the countries where the suffering was immense. Herbert Hoover, who organized World War I relief, wrote “the free world had little comprehension of the suffering of France during almost four years of continuous war. When the curtain was raised at the armistice, there came into view destroyed cities, homes and farms. A belt of once fertile land on both sides of the trench lines was so torn that it required years for restoration.”
The Commission that provided relief to Belgium during the war also provided aid to more than two million people in Northern France. This meant food for malnourished children, expectant mothers and other vulnerable people on whom hunger could inflict the most damage.
For when a child is malnourished the damage, both physical and mental, is irreversible. This child malnutrition is widespread in many countries today including Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, Chad and others.
During World War I, aid had to be rushed to save children from potentially deadly malnutrition. Generosity and compassion were more powerful in the end than the evil death machines of World War I.
It was the Red Cross providing meals to school children in France or helping the wounded. Or on the individual level, a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio who, instead of buying flowers for a deceased friend’s grave, decided to donate the money to the Belgian Relief Commission. Even a couple dollars fed a child for months, and saved their life during the hunger of World War I.
There are many stories of tragedy and triumph in World War I. The film War Horse depicts the challenges people faced during this ever-tumultuous period in history, one that changed the world. And to this day, the pursuit of world peace, longed for by the Lost Generation of World War I, continues.
Article first published as War Horse Set During World War I Era of Hunger and Suffering on Blogcritics.