For the Opening Night of the 2021 ReSurge Festival and in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival, along with our presenting partner, Hot Docs, we screened some films that speak to the issue of water as a human right. Whose rights are more important? Do the rights of nature and eco-systems, including human rights, trump the rights of a corporation when it comes to accessing clean water? Do the laws of our societies take these important ideas into account? After watching our films, you be the judge.
It is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals and offers audiences some repertory and specialized fiction film programming.
Girls in some provinces of Iran have to go far away from their villages to bring water from a pond because of the lack of a fresh water source nearby. The people still treat the Gandos with respect because they believe where there is a Gando, so too, there is water. GANDO tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who has lost her hand to a Gando.
Gioula is fighting to preserve her simple way of life on her olive farm on the coast of Greece. In this arid region, the land has been cultivated for over 35,000 years. A way of life and a culture are threatened by plans to build a large golf resort for wealthy foreigners, which would deplete the already scarce water supply needed for farming. Development pressures are high.
INVISIBLE HAND is a “paradigm shifting” documentary about the creation of ‘Rights of Nature.’ The defining battle of our times where nature, democracy and capitalism face off in rural America.
From Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo comes INVISIBLE HAND, the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature Movement. A “paradigm shifting” story about the fate of capitalism and democracy where we find out "Who speaks for Nature?"
In this post-screening Q&A discussion, Rick Miller (Emcee) speaks with Invisible Hand filmmakers Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, along with activist and subject of the film Markie Miller, about "The Rights of Nature". Watch this and gain a better understanding of this fascinating concept where nature and all living things can be endowed with leverage in our legal systems.
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