Suree Towfighnia (MFA ’06) Shares Filmmaking Expertise at On-Campus Screening of Crying Earth Rise Up

Alum and documentary filmmaker, Suree Towfighnia (MFA '06) returns to campus to speak to documentary students and to screen her latest film for the Columbia community.

Suree Towfighnia (MFA '06) visited Columbia College Chicago on Tuesday, December 1 to speak with Professor Ruth Leitman’s documentary film class about her Columbia graduate program experience and her work on the documentary film Crying Earth Rise Up. Students discussed with Suree their current documentary projects and were able to ask her questions about the ins and outs of documentary film making. Later in evening, students and alumni screened Suree’s film, Crying Earth Rise Up, in the college’s Film Row. The name of the documentary comes from an old belief of the Lakota that Mother Earth needs to be cared for through good stewardship of the land and its natural resources. The film is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water, and a way of life. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Suree and reception. To see photos from the screening, Q & A, and reception, visit our Columbia College Chicago Facebook page. 

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