Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival

The Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival is April 1-3 at the Roxy Theatre (320 20th Street West).  Star Phoenix Article.

Friday April 1st

7 pm – Presentation of Environmental Activist Awards

On Friday evening, environmental activist awards will be given out to Allyson Brady, Michael Finley and Robert Regnier for their dedicated service to the community and the environment. These awards are presented by SEN to a handful of environmentalists every year. Other recipients were awarded at SEN’s annual film festival in Regina (March 4, 2011).

In the Wake of the Flood

47 minutes. 2010

Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Year of the Flood” looks at how cultures respond after reckless consumption leads to cataclysmic flooding. Her book tour, the subject of the film, involves churches performing songs from the novel at each of the stops Atwood travels to using public transit, simultaneously creating community and consciousness.

9 pm Green Un-Gala at Paved Arts, 424 20th St. West

Saturday April 2

12 pm Strong Coffee

48 minutes. 2007Strong CoffeeThe international coffee trade exploits land and people unfairly and unsustainably. Café Feminino is an inspiring women’s coffee co-operative in Peru, a success story for women, workers, and organic farming. Learn what your choice to buy fair trade makes possible!

2 – 4 pm SHORTS

Downstream; Avatar Sands; Green Porno; and The Story of Bottled Water

Downstream

33 minutes. 2008

The people of Fort Chip, Alberta and the Athabasca River ecology are poisoned by tar sands exploitation. The determined doctor O’Connor is prosecuted by the government for reporting his shocking statistics and public health concerns. This Oscar nominated film rips your heart out in half an hour.

4 pm Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

54 minutes. 2010

The Inuit’s intimate knowledge of their environment is based on hundreds of generations living off the land and learning from one another. Their contribution to our collective knowledge of climate change is surprising, meaningful, and vital for everyone’s survival.

5 pm Homeland

Aboriginal leaders in four communities around the USA fight to save their homes, and ultimately their sovereignty and everyone’s future- from destructive exploitation. 57 minutes. 2005.

7 pm Pisim Project

50 minutes. 2010pisim

The community of Cumberland House, SK comes together to build an energy efficient house. Students, teachers, staff, professionals, elders, and others bring skills and determination to make a memorable project, and a lasting – and sustainable – legacy. Filmmaker Marcel Petit will be in attendance and available to answer questions.

9 pm The Age of Stupid

90 minutes. 2009

Peter Postlewaith plays the year 2055 caretaker of records showing what lead to the eco-apocalypse. This powerful and convincing performer gives us thought-provoking commentary on the early 21st century footage.

Sunday April 3

12 pm Vanishing of the Bees

90 minutes. 2009

Honeybees are not only the producers of delicious honey, but the species that makes plants productive. And they are disappearing. Why? How? Let’s meet the people who are finding the answers and trying to save the beautiful bees from colony collapse and keep agriculture viable. The film will be followed by a short workshop on Bee Keeping by Barry Brown, U. of S.

2 pm Into Eternity

75 minutes. 2010

Finland’s is in the midst of a century long project to create a “permanent” storage facility for its nuclear waste. What does permanent mean in the context of a something that remains so powerful for 100 000 years? Mind bending cinematography and interviews with high ranking officials put this honourable/ludicrous/disingenuous effort in stunning chronological and geographical perspective. Following the film, Michael Poellet of the Inter Church Uranium Committee will lead a Q & A session on Nuclear Waste Repositories.

4 pm A Sense of Wonder

55 minutes.

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the 1962 best seller which launched the environmental movement, is portrayed in this adaptation of a play. It is shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

5 pm For The Next Seven Generations

85 min.

In 2004, 13 indigenous grandmothers from all four directions were drawn together by a vision. Contributing timely perspectives and timeless wisdom, they formed the historic International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. This film records their meeting with one another, with the Dalai Lama, and their “alliance of prayer, education, and healing for our Mother Earth”.

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