Most of us have heard the outcry over the very recent Planned Parenthood/Susan G. Komen conflict. The conflict started with the Foundation’s announcement that it had instituted a new policy, which would refuse funding to organizations under Congressional investigation, making Planned Parenthood no longer eligible for a renewed Foundation grant.
In a popular turn of events, the Foundation went on the record to say that it will only refuse funding for organizations after investigations have proven “criminal and conclusive in nature.” At the exact moment Susan G. Komen released the news, Indiewire was speaking with 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Pink Ribbons, Inc. producer Ravida Din about how her film helps to contextualize the world of pink capitalism and philanthropy.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. critiques the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the industry surrounding the pink ribbon campaign for turning cancer into a marketing ploy. It also takes the big pink-ribbon players to task for concentrating funding on the pharmaceutical industry and preventive measures that ignore problems that would change the way some people do business. The film opens in Canada this weekend, in conjunction with World Cancer Day, and will head to a few festivals in the coming months.
Luckily, PIFF35 is one of the few! See Pink Ribbons, Inc on Wednesday February 22 at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21) and Saturday February 25 at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium).