Director to discuss film “Black Gold” Feb. 20

Shippensburg University will present a screening of the film Black Gold Feb. 20 followed by a presentation by Nick Francis, the film’s co-producer and director.

The film, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center 051, is part of the 14th Annual International Studies Film Series. This year’s theme is “Pot, Penicillin & The Pill: A Global View of Drugs.”

The 2006 film focuses on coffee and its impact on Ethiopia. According to the film’s website, multinational coffee companies dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, “making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.” The website said that paradox is most evident in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Francis will discuss the film via Skype.

The program is sponsored by the International Studies Program. For more information about the film or the new international studies major, contact Dr. Jonathan Skaff at 477-1907 or go to