In the month of April, thoughts traditionally turn to our Mother – the one beneath our feet, that is. We scheduled our two April Sustainable Series films in the same week, just before the one day on the calendar mainstream media gives some extra coverage to the source of our very sustenance. Hopefully by viewing one (or both!) of these stellar documentaries, you – our friends and neighbors – will gain an expanded understanding of the beauty of our planet and the bravery of people still aware of their dependence on Earth.
Sustainable Films For April – “SILA” and “A’INA”
Sky: “SILA And the Gatekeepers of the Arctic” (Wednesday April 12, 10:00 a.m. Palm Desert)
To the Inuit of Qaanaaq, 1,200 miles above the Arctic Circle, “Sila” is the weather, the sky, the Earth – “all that is out there.” From a remarkable opening sequence to interviews with Inuits, whose language sounds like it has been chipped from ice, director and cinematographer Corina Gamma uses superb images, restrained but forceful editing, and Jorge Corante’s music to show us a world where Sila is slipping out of balance. While a team of international scientists tries to find out why, the Inuit struggle with the consequences. We’re very fortunate that the filmmaker, Corina Gamma, will attend this showing and she will be available for Q & A following the film – please tell your friends and neighbors and take advantage of this event. This is the final screening of our 2017 Series at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert – 72567 Hwy 111. Let’s pack the room! (Run time 70 min.) http://gatekeepersofthearctic.com/
“A’INA – That Which Feeds Us” (Saturday April 15, 9:00 a.m. Palm Springs)
The global story of AINA is told from the little Hawaiian island of Kauai, where two of the most extreme versions of agriculture on Earth are represented. On one side, is a traditional ecological system that has allowed Hawaiians to live in abundance for over a thousand years. On the other side, four of the world’s largest agro-chemical companies use the island to spray an estimated ten tons of pesticides every year on genetically modified test crops, poisoning the fragile island environment, local community, and ultimately the consumers of products made from this industrial model. The film explores the balance between truth and opinion, and sustainable agriculture and the need to feed a growing population. By documenting the power and beliefs of the Kaua’i people the film asserts the conviction that change is possible and that it needs to come from within each one of us. Showing in Theatre 3 at the Camelot – 2300 E Baristo Rd. (Run time 22 min.) https://sherpascinema.com/aina-that-which-feeds-us/
Arctic Circle to Pacific Rim, we’re showing films that matter, for the benefit of our community, for FREE each month. Please make the time to check them out…