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Filmmakers Dan Parris, Rob Lehr, and David Peterka
Free and open to the public
ECCE Speaker Series, UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, and Leadership for Life
At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where they sit, some receive a filling dinner, while others eat a simple meal or share sparse portions of rice and water. While not all guests leave with full stomachs, many gain a new perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty. http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
To provide reflection the banquet will be followed by a screening of Give a Damn? GAD? is a feature-length documentary about three friends, two idealistic activists and one skeptic, attempting to live in poverty, on $1.25 a day, across 3 continents. The adventure takes a devastating turn when two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa, and all three must fight to finish what they started. The films subjects, Dan Parris, Rob Lehr, and David Peterka, will lead a discussion after the film. http://www.giveadamndoc.com/main/
Dan Parris is the filmmaker/activist/goofball whose lingering questions after returning from Africa serve as the fuel for the film Give A Damn? Dan has a B.A. in Film Production from Biola University and is currently pursuing the dream he has had for nearly a decade, to make feature films that will have ground-breaking impact in the world. Rob Lehr, an offensive, yet delightful filmmaker and friend whose passions include hunting, poetry, and sharing his views no matter how you may feel about them. He has a degree in Business from Missouri State University, and currently resides in Springfield, MO. Robs ability to be open and raw as the skeptic of the journey provides much of the drama and comedic relief of the film. David Peterka is an experienced activist and traveler with unbreakable optimism. He has his degree in Intercultural and Urban Missions and is developing his own non-profit, "When the Saints", whose goal is defending, rescuing and maintaining the rights of the weak, poor and oppressed, focusing on victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Malawi.
Students must attend the Hunger Banquet, film and discussion to receive credit for this event.