This short film shares the story of Layla Black on her path to reclaim her Mohawk identity. As a generational survivor of residential schools, they took her culture from her, but watch her story as she takes it back. And it all started with the water.
“The Drop”, a swiss documentary film, confronts the audience with the topic of water not uniquely as a necessity, but rather as an indicator of social justice, racial inequalities and a trigger for social transformative change. Following a young swiss student through the USA, Canada, Guatemala and Bolivia, different stories and interviews illustrate how a drop of water can highlight the drop of a global system that fails to consider its people equally.
In the semi-arid village of Malolo in Singida, Tanzania, Adija and her surrounding community rely on one water source, a single hole in the ground no larger than the size of an average puddle. From the Ground Up takes a look into Adija’s daily routine and provides a powerful understanding of the localized impact of the increasingly dire global water crisis.
IMMERSION is an exploration of the human mind's ability to overcome adversity and find a balance in a seemingly inhospitable environment.
A group of dedicated woman swim in these waters all year round. They believe that cold sea swimming is physically and mentally transformative... a spiritual connection between humans and the natural environment.
In this post-screening Q&A discussion, Rick Miller (Emcee) speaks with filmmakers Ana Llacer, Jeremy Williams, and Kristy Franks, about the connection and respect to water that our Indigenous brothers and sisters hold and what we might learn from this. Whitney Miniquaken, a Wemindji youth, speaks to her experience gained from travelling to Australia and helping create the film.
Rick Miller chats about the issues raised in the film "Water be dammed..." with Dr. Romila Verma, co-creator of the film and Vanita Khanna, director of the film, in this fascinating discussion.
The recording of our livestreamed event "In Conversation with Paul Hawken" on the sixth and final day of our ReSurge Festival - Nov. 14, 2021. Paul is interviewed by Melanie Hoffman and then has a frank and interesting discussion with Melanie, Allie Rougeot, and Bryanna Brown. This special event was presented in partnership with Drawdown Toronto, Drawdown BC & Drawdown Alberta.
The recording of our live streamed event - (Un)Sustainable Fishing - on the third evening of our ReSurge Festival - November 11, 2021. Stay tuned for an interesting discussion with the a couple of the filmmakers with films available in the on demand screening block called (Un)Sustainable Fishing which follows the screening of the films.
The recording of our live streamed event - Water Drops Shorts Program - on the sixth and final day of our ReSurge Festival - November 14, 2021. Stay tuned after the films for an interesting discussion with Rick Miller (our emcee) and 2 of the filmmakers of the films in the series, Maevia Griffiths - director of "The Drop" and producer of "The Lost Seahorse", Kirsten Brass.
The recording of our live streamed event - Water Warrior Award Presentation - on the fourth evening of our ReSurge Festival - November 12, 2021. Stay tuned for an interesting discussion with Rick Miller (our emcee) and our 2021 Water Warrior Award recipient Mark Angelo and filmmaker Roger Williams, which follows the screening of the films.
The recording of our live streamed event - Whose Rights? - on the Opening Night of our 2021 ReSurge Festival - November 09, 2021. Stay tuned for a great Q&A session with filmmakers Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman, and special guest and subject of the film, Markie Miller, that follows the screening of the films.
THE LOST SEAHORSE is a stop-motion short film about one small creature struggling to fit in. But it is set in front of a much larger backdrop of ecological change. This film will take audiences on a journey through a striking underwater world, and along the way, remind them of the importance of our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.
ONE DAY WE WILL DANCE WITH YOU tells the story of two women creating a dance to celebrate water. They imagine dance moves, and argue about science and whether a celebration can still be sad. As the community around them comes together to dance, they begin to imagine a future where the Water Molecule Dance and the celebration of water becomes a part of all our lives.
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.
Three indigenous communities in Bolivia fight to protect their water from diversion and contamination amid a national water crisis. UMA takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro, and the vanished Lake Poopó. It is a women's story of displacement, resistance, and struggle for environmental justice.
In this post-screening Q&A discussion, Rick Miller (Emcee) speaks with filmmakers Steve Sxwithul'txw & Camila Guarda, about the connection to the sea that First Nations' youth have to protecting their coastal territories, above and below the surface, and also how people in Chile who rely on fishing for their livelihood respect the ocean, especially via the perspective of women.
In the far northern atolls of Papua New Guinea, scientist chieftain and visionary John Aini resurrects old secret ways and melds them with what he and his fellow chieftains and their people know of the coral reefs they rely on. Vala North is a story of a thin thread of hope in a changing world, hope for coral reefs around these islands, and hope for the communities that rely on them.
We live on "the blue planet", abundant with water, yet we are now facing a crisis created by decades of mismanagement, unlimited depletion, and pollution of the earth's water bodies, issues now accelerated by climate change. Through the lens of the Satluj river in Punjab, India, we trace the story of challenges, hopes and aspirations of water’s will to survive and rejuvenate.
In this post-screening Q&A discussion, Rick Miller (Emcee) speaks with filmmakers Maevia Griffiths about her mid-length film "The Drop" and Kirsten Brass about her short animated film "The Lost Seahorse" and how they decided to make their films and why they chose the medium and format that they did to tell their stories.
In Chile, the social and environmental catastrophes are huge: water is being stolen by the lack of law enforcement, the amount of waste increases on a daily basis, and the so-called “sacrifice areas” for industrial purposes are destroying ecosystems. And, as always, poor people, and women are the first victims
this film is focused in the new national and global water reality, shown through the three cases of greatest conflict of freshwater in Chile: shortage of water, pollution by industrial chemicals, and contamination by massive waste of garbage.
The work takes an example of each conflict within the territory of the Valparaiso region: Petorca (shortages), Quinteros / Puchuncaví (pollution by industry) and Valparaíso (pollution by massive waste of garbage) where women live daily the water conflict.
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.
Filmed in the majestic but also dangerous vastness of the Chilean ocean, THE WOMEN AND THE SEA is a sensorial journey featuring two powerful women in a small fishing village. Gloria preserves the legacy of symbolic cemeteries for those lost at sea, while Julieta defies the looming presence of death as she works in the male dominated world of fishing.
YAYA is a short documentary about Yaya Guerrero, an environmental activist in Havana, Cuba. From the Cuban National Aquarium to the Garden of 'Tarecos' and beyond, Yaya combines creativity and community to tackle ocean pollution in her neighbourhood and inspires the next generation to do the same.
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