Friday, October 18th
Life in the City of Dirty Water offers us an intimate portrait of the remarkable life of Indigenous climate change campaigner, Clayton Thomas-Muller, who went from being an abused child and an addicted and incarcerated street hustler to becoming a Sundancer, father, husband and one of the nation’s most renowned activists (with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Idle No More, and 350.org). Introduced by Clayton Thomas-Muller.
October 18th | 6:40 pm to 7:05 pm | Showcase Theater
This inspiring film conveys the deep spiritual connection to the natural world that was once fundamental to the experience of being human but that far too many modern people have lost. Featuring such stellar thought leaders as Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Rose Macario (CEO of Patagonia) and many others, it drives home how we must rediscover the awe and compassion that wild nature can awaken in us if we are to make sure we continue to have a habitable planet. Introduced by Suez Jacobson, Wild Hope’s Executive Producer; Dave Devine, Digital Project Content Manager.
October 18th | 7:10 pm to 7:50 pm | Showcase Theater
This film tells the story of the truly exemplary socially conscious REBBL beverage company, which was born out of a campaign to combat the underlying causes of human trafficking (a global plague), initially in Peru, but now working in 29 countries. It focuses on the company’s efforts to partner with Indigenous Amazonian Brazil nut harvesters in Peru as a case study to highlight the sort of long-term engagement and relationship building required to develop truly ethical and sustainable supply chains. Introduced by Kathleen Tan of REBBL.
October 18th | 7:55 pm to 8:30 pm | Showcase Theater
Emmy-winning film Dawnland follows the trajectory of the state of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the first ever in the U.S.), created to investigate the systematic removal of Native American children from their homes, which continued in many parts of the country into the 1970s. Dawnland documents interviews of many witnesses who suffered devastating consequences from this state-sanctioned child abuse and attempted cultural erasure. It is the most powerful account of Indigenous child removal in the U.S. so far, and it foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as it works toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.
October 18th | 8:35 pm to 10:00 pm | Showcase Theater
Saturday, October 19th
“I do not know of a company that does more per dollar for the earth and its people than Dr. Bronner’s.” Paul Hawken
Journey to Pavitramenthe explores how the exemplary socially and environmentally conscious Dr. Bronner’s soap company partners with more than 1,500 small-scale farmers who use regenerative organic agriculture practices in Bareilly, India.
October 19th | 7:00 pm to 7:10 pm | Showcase Theater
We are privileged to be able to be the first to show some excerpts of this yet-to-be-released work-in-progress by filmmaker Klea McKenna, which tracks the story of an unlikely 25-year friendship between American ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison and an indigenous Mazatec shaman in the mountains of southern Mexico. What began as fieldwork became a deep entanglement of two families during an era of cultural upheaval. Introduced by Klea McKenna and Kathleen Harrison.
October 19th | 7:10 pm to 7:35 pm | Showcase Theater
In 2015, Anne Laudisoit, a Belgian biologist expert in zoonotic diseases and explorer with EcoHealth Alliance who has long worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, discovered a hitherto unknown-to-science band of chimpanzees, one of the world’s most endangered species, in a remote unstudied forest fragment in a frequently war torn part of the country. She and a team of Congolese researchers returned there in 2017 with a camera crew to document their findings: this extraordinary film is the result. Introduced by Anne Laudisoit.
October 19th | 7:40 pm to 8:40 pm | Showcase Theater
This powerful film offers us an intimate, raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe PTSD as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief through unconventional means: the use of the Amazonian psychedelic, ayahuasca, as well as MDMA. It raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry, and our legal system, but it is above all a gripping account of two men and their spouses and families’ struggles to find healing. Introduced by Janine Sagert, one of the film’s producers.
October 19th | 8:50 pm to 10:00 pm | Showcase Theater
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