April 23, 2016 at Merchants Of Reality in San Francisco.
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Special to note are three world premiering films at this screening, with film makers on hand to talk about their film and answer questions. This is a hot spot of creativity and inspiration, be here now.
For the thirsty drinks, for the hungry food, body comes first.
What will you see and where….
6pm, 7pm, 8pm
No One Cares About Jungles
This short film is about the Hyrcanian forest of Northern Iran. The old trees in this area are considered living fossils, but are not protected in the way you might think. Many Iranians and other people around the world are concerned with disasters like floods, famine, drought and global warming, but they do not realize the damage losing the jungles and forests creates. What was once 3.8 million acres of lush jungle, is now reduced to 1.2 million acres-most of which is covered in trash shipped in from other countries. It is said that the only man made building which can be seen from the moon is the Great Wall of China. But a huge 30 year old landfill called “the hill of rubbish” or Ash’ghal Tappeh in Behshahar is soon to be visible as well. This film is a call to action to protect the jungles and to inform listeners around the world.
Director: Yaser Talebi
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Double Barrel Film is a cinematic travel documentary that follows Australian journalist Angie Davis’ journey to Peru where she meets Harold Koechlin, a Peruvian surf guide with a dream of helping an oil-dominated town toward a more sustainable future.
An inspiring true story, Double Barrel reflects how travel connects and motivates like minded individuals with big dreams to act on preserving beautiful places for future generations to enjoy.
Director: Angie Davies
6pm, 7pm, 8pm
The Diary of Theodore Kracklite (World Premiere)
It’s about an archaeological expedition from the twenties, on the tracks of Elephas Falconeri, a dwarf elephant, a real creature which existed and which borders on the edge of the legendary Cyclops, and, of which Theodore Kracklite found fossilised skulls in undersea caverns in Sicily. The Diary of Theodore Kracklite, revisiting a well-known myth from the Iliad, is a metaphor of the present-day ecological crisis (the rise in water levels from which the creature benefitted) and a reminder of the massive extinction of species.
Director: Jacques Lœuille
6:20pm, 7:20pm, 8:20pm
Seisme (World Premier)
March 2011, AI, a young Franco-Japanese woman from Fukushima, suddenly arrives in the french apartment of his childhood. Her husband, who wished that AI escapes to protect their unborn child, is one of the ‘liquidators’ of the dangerous nuclear reactor 4. So she spends months, alone, facing his inner conflict, regret and fear. A form of monologue nourished by her husband calls, conversations with his old doll found, or the baby grew in her womb.
Director: Christophe Queval
Runtime: 22 min
Deadwater to Delta (World Premier)
This is going to be disgusting… A journey to expose one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico, the Río Grande de Santiago. Most people have never heard of it and yet it affects millions in Mexico and millions more beyond the country’s border.
The only thing that was clear at the beginning was the goal: float the 336 miles (541 km) of the Río Grande de Santiago from the source to the sea. What we found was a river corridor with immense beauty and tragically dirty waters. The story that came out of the journey showed us that overcoming the dams, rapids, eutrophicated stretches of plant blockades and possible sickness would not be as difficult as navigating the relationships between us.
Director: John McKinley and Sam Morrison
Runtime: 46 min
Louder than Words
At risk of being ostracized from the Deaf Community, deaf parents Jill and Michael Stark make the controversial decision to have both their young children, also deaf, implanted with a device called a cochlear implant that may one day allow them to hear.
Director: Saj Adibs
The Good Mind
Rarely has the Onondaga Nation in central New York State opened its doors to non-Native people. Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates offers this intimate portrait of an indigenous sovereign nation that never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clan mothers and chiefs. As the Central Fire of the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the world’s first true democracies, they inspired the Founding Fathers. The film’s journey reveals the Nation’s tireless environmental advocacy, and their legal battle with the U.S. over ancestral land taken by New York State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation seeks environmental stewardship of their sacred land and waters, which have suffered vast degradation by industrial resource extraction and pollution. The film follows Onondaga leaders and young people, and their longtime advocate, a civil rights attorney, from the Nation to NYC, DC and Europe, as they fight for justice.
Director: Gwendolen Cates
Pushtar (U.S. Premier)
In a world ravaged by climate change 350 years hence, survivors in the Himalayan community of Pushtar communicate by sign language to conserve precious oxygen.
Into this world, the weather children are born with a unique adaptation: the ability to sense changes in air pressure that herald an approaching methane storm, or a shift in a distant mountain range. Their warnings are crucial to survival. Two weather children are born that develop new forms of communication that will help them to escape Pushtar. Director Alan Lambert will be available for a QnA after the film.
Director: Alan Lambert