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Bullfrog Communities

Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is thrilled to announce the availability of major award-winning new releases for virtual or in-person community and campus-wide screenings this fall and winter.

Book now for Fall events! Both free admission or ticketed screenings are available.

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?
Is it in all living beings? Why are we predisposed for mystical experience? AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness follows six brilliant researchers approaching the mystery from radically different perspectivesthrough high-tech brain research and Eastern meditation, by scientifically exploring inner space through psychedelic substances and by investigating the consciousness of plants. With the explosion of research into consciousness, scientists are arriving at new insights—some of which have been integral to Indigenous knowledge for millennia.100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

CLEAN DRINKING WATER
The outrageous condition of the municipal water in Jackson, Mississippi has brought to the foreground the primary need for “infrastructure” repair in our marginalized communities. In THIRST FOR JUSTICE, armed only with facts and their illnesses, extraordinary citizens from three communities take on industry and government, risking arrest to demand and protect clean water.

FOOD IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
The global unsustainable hunger for meat is being met head-on by the advances in biotechnology, imagining a world where real meat is produced sustainably without the impact on climate change or the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals. Exploring the game-changing development of “cultivated” meat, MEAT THE FUTURE is narrated by Jane Goodall and featuring music by Moby

TALKING ABOUT MORTALITY
We are all mortal, but most of us put off actually facing death as a reality. Through the lens of astrophysics, art, cryonics, near death experiences and green burials, INTO THE NIGHT: Portraits of Life and Death challenges us to rethink our place in the universe as people share their encounters with mortality. These dramatic, first-person accounts unsettle, awaken, and inspire.

WELCOMING REFUGEES
During a time of racist nationalism and emboldened anti-immigrant bigotry, the conservative state of Nebraska resettles more refugees per capita than any other state. A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA is the story of midwestern welcome and acceptance, spotlighting both the people who escaped war, torture and persecution and the generous Nebraskans who welcomed them, taught them, celebrated with them, and helped them succeed in their new home. This heartwarming documentary offers a compelling portrait of ordinary people standing up for what is right, inspiring us to do the same.

EMBARGO STILL?
Presenting a critical perspective on both governments, FRENEMIES: Cuba and the U.S. Embargo examines the fraught relationship between the island nation of Cuba and the United States. Set to the pulsating beats of Afro-Caribbean music, blending 1950s archival footage with contemporary shots of Cuba's economic decay and vibrant culture, the film paints a vivid portrait of a nation fighting for survival against the world's longest-running embargo. The United Nations has voted almost thirty times for the embargo to be lifted.


These films are available both virtually and for in-person events. For more information on booking a virtual screening right now, please go to Bullfrog Communities Streaming.

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AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness
Explores boundary-pushing research in the understanding of consciousness.
Short-Listed, German Academy Awards
Jury Prize, Debut Feature Competition, Illuminate Film Festival
Online Audience Award, Millennium Docs Against Gravity
“The most moving and beautiful depiction of deep understanding of consciousness and of who we are that I have seen depicted through film.”
Jack Kornfield, author and Buddhist teacher
“Stirs feelings of awe and wonder, humility and connection. A remarkable film.”
Valerie Kalfrin, Alliance of Women Film Journalists
“Consciousness-elevating food for thought.”
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
“Stunningly deep, wise and visually arresting, the most mind-blowing Film the Maui Film Festival has presented in twenty years!”
Barry Rivers, Maui Film Festival Founder/Director

AWARE

THIRST FOR JUSTICE
Focuses on three battles for clean water—on the Navajo Reservation, in Flint MI, and at Standing Rock—united in the belief that Water Is Life.
Best Documentary Feature, Gallup Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Raindance Film Festival
Red Nation International Film Festival
"It is an obscenity that we allow Indigenous Americans and poor...urban people to drink [contaminated] water."
David O. Carpenter, M.D., Dir, Institute for Health, Univ at Albany
"Motivating and inspiring...'Thirst for Justice' tells the stories of two of the communities that are among the hundreds that experience water injustice across the country. It's a problem of priorities, racism, and classism. Watch the film, get informed, and support people and organizations doing something about it. Stand up with the people asking for clean water and not with greedy corporations."
Dr. J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida, Bilingual Senior Climate and Water Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

THIRST FOR JUSTICE

MEAT THE FUTURE
Follows Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder of leading "cultivated" meat startup Upside Foods, as he and his team develop a game-changing solution to a global, unsustainable hunger for meat.
Crystal Pelican Award, Best Director, International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge
Best Picture Editing - Documentary, Directors Guild of Canada Awards
HotDocs
Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival
Seoul International Food Film Festival
"Engrossing...Persuasive...Compelling...Elegantly simple and kind of mind-blowing."
Guy Lodge, Variety
"Brilliantly captures...the vast significance of disrupting modern meat production."
Christopher Bryant, Research Assoc. Psychology, University of Bath

MEAT THE FUTURE

INTO THE NIGHT: Portraits of Life and Death
Two-part documentary features intimate, provocative stories of men and women forever changed by their encounters with mortality.
National Broadcast on PBS
Austin Film Festival
Hamptons Documentary Festival
"A miraculous and courageous film that is so true, and so deep that it should be required viewing for all mortal beings."
Irvin David Yalom, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Co-author, A Matter of Death and Life
"Watching 'Into the Night' makes clear that it's a lot more about life...To potential viewers, Whitney has a simple message: Don't be scared."
David Bauder, Associated Press
"We are all going 'Into the Night'it's one of the few guarantees in life. This poignant and beautiful film can be used as a catalyst to increase our death literacy and understanding of this integral process in life. The stories and interviews have such diversity and depth that there is something for everyone to connect with. This is just what people need to get conversations about dying, death and living well started."
Katherine Kortes-Miller, Associate Professor of Social Work, Lakehead University, Author, Talking About Death Won't Kill You: The Essential Guide to End-of-Life Conversations

INTO THE NIGHT

A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA
Nebraskans wholeheartedly welcome refugees, showing that the newcomers enrich their communities, their economies, and their lives. Their welcome works to dispel fear, build bridges and change their own perceptions along the way.
Best Indie Spirit - Documentary, Sedona International Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature, Piermont Film Festival
Mountainfilm
Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival
“Inspiring...This film is particularly relevant right now, as the country starts to look at what divides and unites us as Americans, following the elections. In the end, and deep down, we are not that different from one another, despite religion, place of birth, or political affiliation. As we look forward to rebuilding the infrastructure to help more refugees to resettle in the US, materials such as this film will be invaluable in approaching potential host communities with a realistic picture of refugee resettlement."
Erol Kekic, Director, Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service
"Poignant, joyful, devastating, and searing...An ultimately hopeful film that pushes beyond sensationalistic headlines and polarizing politics to make the case that refugee resettlement is important for all of us in contemporary America. The filmmakers do not shy away from the many challenges that face newcomers, but they emphasize the creative and positive ways that refugees rebuild their lives and in doing so benefit the new communities they join...A tremendous vision of what America can be at its best, driven by the dreams and aspirations of its newest members."
Pablo S. Bose, Associate Professor of Geography, Director of Global and Regional Studies, University of Vermont, Author, Refugees in New Destinations and Small Cities: Resettlement in Vermont

A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA

FRENEMIES: Cuba and the U.S. Embargo
Presents a balanced portrait of Cuban life today and a compelling argument for why the US should lift the devastating 60-year embargo.
Audience Award, Dunedin International Film Festival
Audience Award, Oregon International Film Festival
Award of Excellence, Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Social Impact Award, Latino & Native American Film Festival
Impact Award in Global Politics, The Most Important Films International
Film Festival
"Riveting...provides a historical and contemporary context for understanding the sixty-year US embargo against Cuba."
Philip Brenner, Emeritus, Intl Relations, American University
"'Frenemies' is the best Cuban documentary made to date! It is not pro-Cuban Government. It gives clarity to the insanity of the US embargo toward Cuba. Regardless of your politics on US/Cuba relations you will enjoy this documentary filmthe music, the scenery, the actors, the citizens on the street and the story line are magnificent and factual."
Albert A. Fox, Jr., President Founder and President, Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation

FRENEMIES

See https://www.bullfrogcommunities.com for a complete list of our titles. If you have questions, contact me at [email protected].

Coming Soon: PLEISTOCENE PARK features an eccentric Russian scientist's quixotic quest to recreate a vanished ice age ecosystem and save the world from a catastrophic global warming feedback loop. In REFLECTION: a walk with water filmmaker Emmett Brennan walks the length of the Los Angeles aqueduct in search of a vision for humanity worth living forwhat he discovers has everything to do with water. A Black teenager is arrested for touching a white boy's arm! A CRIME ON THE BAYOU follows the unjustly arrested Black man and his young Jewish attorney as they take the case to the Supreme Court to fight for the right of all Americans to a fair trial.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Powerful 4-min music video of kids from Parkland performing Peter Yarrow's "The Children Will Lead The Way", a plea for gun control< produced by Gage & Gage Productions

ORGANIZATIONS

Refuge Empowerment Center We provide holistic and culturally effective refugee resettlement services that empower newcomers to thrive in their new lives.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a non-profit organization that welcomes and supports refugees and migrants entering the United States.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants works to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life.

Human Rights Watch’s Refugee Rights Program defends the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced people worldwide, responding to emergencies as well as chronic situations, focusing especially on documenting government efforts to block access to asylum, to deprive asylum seekers of rights to fair hearings of their refugee claims, and to the forcible return of people to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened. 

 

FILMS

This is Home Sundance award-winner puts a human face on the global refugee crisis by providing an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in the US and struggling to find their footing.

Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture Refugees, asylees and caregivers share their stories to help professionals and volunteers understand the needs of the more than a million survivors of torture rebuilding lives in the US.

The Storytelling Class An after-school storytelling project in a diverse, but divided, city school breaks cultural boundaries and creates community.

Day One Traumatized Middle Eastern and African teen refugees are guided through a program of healing by devoted educators at a unique St. Louis public school for refugees only.

 



Screening Tour featuring THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA

Bullfrog Communities

We invite you to participate in a screening tour this spring and summer, featuring the film The Vow from Hiroshima. Booking dates are available through the end of August, which will coincide with commemorations of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, and the UN meetings about the Non-Proliferation Treaty that month.

The film Director Susan Strickler and second generation survivor Mitchie Takeuchi will be available for in-person and virtual screening appearances, schedules permitting.

We're excited to work with you to bring this screening tour to your community. Please get in touch to partner with us to create an impactful, timely event with The Vow from Hiroshima film and the filmmakers!

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 THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA

The Vow from Hiroshima is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and a passionate campaigner for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Her moving personal story and history of activism is told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi.

THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA

Since Russia’s war on Ukraine began, we have heard Russian president Vladimir Putin make veiled threats of using nuclear weapons. In this time of international danger, it is evident to those with the courage to face the truth that humanity must banish nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. Those who have felt the multi-generational impact of nuclear weapons can be proud of Setsuko and inspired by her mission to bring this human understanding forward.

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"Setsuko in speaking out as a survivor, brings to the world stage a discussion about individual moral choice and the human rights issues of nuclear arms. Most importantly, she wants to focus not on the devastation or survivor guilt but on the strength of survivors. And the endurance and patience required to do the hard and lonely work of working for peace. In this film you understand why Dr. Thurlow has been recognized globally for her lifelong activism and why she was chosen to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Coalition to Abolish nuclear weapons."
Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi, President
Greater Toronto Chapter, National Association of Japanese Canadians

"This is the film I would highly recommend for our younger generations to see. Actually this is a film I would like everyone in the world to see."
Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of the City of Hiroshima

"Narrated through the experiences of two resilient hibakusha women, The Vow from Hiroshima is a well-researched, poignant and thoughtful work on the humanitarian approach to nuclear weapons. It is a fascinating story of how geopolitics and civil society intersects to influence policy, and how change is possible despite all odds."
Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University

THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA

 

THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA can be used as a tool to educate, and is available for screenings, both in person and through our virtual screening platform, Bullfrog Communities Streaming.  See Bullfrog Communities for a complete list of our titles. If you have questions, contact me at [email protected].


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THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and a passionate campaigner for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Her moving personal story and history of activism is told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi.

Bullfrog Communities is now booking screening dates for THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA Summer Screening Tour! Dates available through the end of August, which will coincide with commemorations of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Filmmakers Susan Strickler and Mitchie Takeuchi will be available for in-person and virtual screening appearances, schedules permitting.

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Celebrate Earth Month with Environmental Films: Virtual Screenings Available!

Bullfrog Communities Earth Day Special

In celebration of Earth Day, Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is ecstatic to announce the Earth Day Festival in a Box special for community and campus-wide screenings! Choose ANY combination of 3, 5 or 7 environmental films and hold a film festival or series of public screenings on your campus or in your community. You can charge admission or host free event to raise awareness about key issues to help spread and inspire change. It's up to YOU!

This year our special Festival in a Box deal is available for virtual events. For more information, please email us at [email protected]. On Time events are subject to availability.

All of our environmental titles are available for selection, including brand new releases THE SHADOW OF GOLD, THIRST FOR JUSTICE, MEAT THE FUTURE, ENTANGLED, and NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW. Also available for this special package offer are popular films such as NO FEAR NO FAVOR, INTO THE CANYON, POINT OF NO RETURN, CONNECTIVITY PROJECT, COOKED, FROM SEED TO SEED, PLANETARY, and many more.

Each new major award-winning film has a different, vital story to tell. THE SHADOW OF GOLD investigates the global social and environmental impacts of gold mining, by both the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore, and the small-time miners who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive; THIRST FOR JUSTICE follows community activist Janene Yazzie as she searches for the source of uranium contamination in her son's school's water in Sanders, Arizona, and finds common ground with those fighting for clean water in other areas of the United States — activists in Flint, Michigan and Standing Rock Water Protectors; MEAT THE FUTURE focuses on the CEO of Upside Foods, Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, and their "cultivated" meat revolution and how it could be a game-changing solution to the global, unsustainable hunger for meat and its impact on climate, animal welfare and public health; Best Feature Film at the International Wildlife Film Festival, ENTANGLED chronicles the efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests; and NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW examines the varied scavenging critters that naturally help recycle the waste our consumer society leaves behind.

These films are available both virtually and for in-person events. For more information on booking a virtual screening right now, please go to Bullfrog Communities Streaming.

Below is a list of primary recommendations from our new releases. Go to Earth Day Festival in a Box to see the special rates and book by April 30, 2022!

THE SHADOW OF GOLD (New release!)
An unflinching look at how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth.
"A reminder that we are going to greater lengths — with more ecological and human collateral — to extract smaller amounts of gold. As an educator, I look for films like this one to convey complex, systematic problems through tangible stories of impacted communities. It's an informative look at the global network of drivers behind the large-and small-scale gold mining industries."

Mozhgon Rajaee, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Oakland University
"By shining a light on the possibilities for more sustainable practices, the film encourages viewers to strive to protect the purity of our environment, and, finally, to re-think the sort of luxury that comes in gold."
Maria Paula Serrano, Vancouver Weekly

The Shadow of Gold

THIRST FOR JUSTICE (New release!)
Focuses on three battles for clean water—on the Navajo Reservation, in Flint Mich., and at Standing Rock — united in the belief that Water Is Life.
Best Documentary Feature, Gallup Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Raindance Film Festival
Award of Merit Special Mention, Accolade Global Film Competition
"Powerful and disturbing. The US is the richest country in the world. It is an obscenity that we allow Indigenous Americans and poor and minority urban people - even when on municipal water supplies — to drink water so contaminated as to threaten their health and cognitive function. It is especially tragic when our children drink contaminated water that will increase their risk of cancer later in life and cause an irreversible loss of IQ that will last as long as they live."
David O. Carpenter, M.D., Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany
"Opens eyes to the hard-hit communities at home in USA. The hollowed-out humanity of corporate spokespeople front unconvincingly for executives who refuse interviews. Locals speak powerfully about what this travesty means. The film points out - our survival is at stake and access to clean water is key." Randy Hayes, Founder, Rainforest Action Network

Thirst for Justice

MEAT THE FUTURE (New release!)
Follows Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder of leading "cultivated" meat startup Upside Foods, as he and his team develop a game-changing solution to a global, unsustainable hunger for meat.
Hot Docs
Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival
Nominee, Best International Documentary & Best International Director, Melbourne International Documentary Film Festival
Crystal Pelican Award, Best Director, International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge
Best Picture Editing - Documentary, Directors Guild of Canada Awards
"Engrossing...Persuasive...Compelling...Elegantly simple and kind of mind-blowing."
Guy Lodge, Variety
"MEAT THE FUTURE is an inside look into a technology that has the potential to revolutionize our relationship not only to animals and our planet, but ourselves.”
Dr. Nina Gheihman, Sustainable Food Initiative, University of California Berkeley, Co-Founder, Plant Futures Initiative
“A fantastic documentary for anyone concerned about how our global food system is impacting climate change, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and social equity.”
Jessica Fanzo, Professor and Director of Global Food Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University

Meat the Future

ENTANGLED (New release!)
How climate change has accelerated a collision between one of the world's most endangered species, N. America's most valuable fishery, and a federal agency mandated to protect both.
Best Non-Broadcast Film, Jackson Wild Media Awards
Best Feature Film, International Wildlife Film Festival
John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Best Conservation Film, International Ocean Film Festival
"This powerful and effective film lays out two fundamental structural problems in current efforts at conservation as a whole: When we face tough challenges, we replace 'process' with results. ENTANGLED shows clearly that management measures need to be biologically effective, not just politically palatable."
Matthew McKenzie, Professor of History, University of Connecticut, Author, Breaking the Banks and Clearing the Coastline
"A brilliant film that brings the difficult conversations to the forefront, while encouraging a solutions-based approach by all sides that is urgently needed to help save our marine life, our oceans, and ultimately ourselves...[The film] presents the current plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale with a balanced perspective showcasing the complex and disturbing effects of climate change and human interaction on an already endangered species."
Ana Blanco, Executive Director, International Ocean Film Festival

Entangled

NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW (New release!)
Examines the lives of ants, rats, opossums, foxes and vultures, who live among us in the world’s cities, recycling the mountains of waste we leave behind.
Animal Behavior Society Film Festival
"Reveals the hidden lives of critters in and around cities. This film is entertaining with a solid educational perspective that will engage students and the general public."
Mark Hostetler, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
"Taken on a global journey, we learn the critical role these creatures hold in the urban centers they call home. NATURE'S CLEANUP CREW complements science topics like predator-prey relationships, biodiversity, and species decline. It allows students to see science skills in practice: designing and implementing investigations based on scientific inquiry, cause and effect relationships, and using technology to gather data. Indirectly, students see professionals collaborating to solve problems, struggling with complex issues, and using media to raise awareness. This communication about science is as vital as the science itself."
Jennifer Hammonds, Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction, Education and Engagement, National Wildlife Federation

Nature's Cleanup Crew

NO FEAR NO FAVOR
African communities on the front lines of the poaching crisis fight to protect their wildlife for future generations.
Filmmakers' Choice Award, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Environmental Award, Hamptons DocFest
Outstanding Cinematography, Tallgrass International Film Festival

"Joyously hopeful and yet achingly sad, the documentary shows us that there is no longer time to take conservation efforts slowly. NO FEAR NO FAVOR shows the horrors of poaching in graphic detail juxtaposed with resilience and love. It reminds us that effective conservation requires participation and ownership in the local communities."
Muna Ndulo, Professor, International and Comparative Law, Director, Berger International Studies Program, Cornell University

No Fear No Favor

INTO THE CANYON
Two Friends. 750 miles. One Question. If the Grand Canyon isn't worth saving, what is?
Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Nature Documentary>
Grand Prize, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Best Feature, Banff Mountain Film Festival
Director's Award, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

"More than just a beautiful and breathtaking outdoor adventure film, though it is that. The film raises questions that are critical and fundamental for understanding our place as humans in the world, questions that we all need to sit with."
Michael Paul Nelson, Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Oregon State University, Co-editor, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Into the Canyon

POINT OF NO RETURN
Documents the journey of the Solar Impulse—the first solar-powered, round-the-world flight—demonstrating the tremendous potential of renewable energy sources.
CPH:DOX
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival

"Think we can't take on big technological challenges any longer? Believe our energy conundrum is hopeless? POINT OF NO RETURN proves otherwise! A stunningly beautiful and engaging film, POINT OF NO RETURN restores faith in human ingenuity, international cooperation, and our ability to reach new frontiers in sustainable energy."
Brian Black, Professor, History and Environmental Studies, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, Editor, Energy and Society

Point of No Return

CONNECTIVITY PROJECT
A 3-part series of short films examining the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world.
Sustainability Award, Cinema Verde International Film & Arts Festival
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival

"This is probably one of the most important projects on earth at this time. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity and its necessity. You have hit the core of not just the problem but of where we should all be focusing our attention. I was so deeply moved by this work."
Jean Houston, Co-Founder, The Foundation for Mind Research
"This series of short films provides inspiring stories and vignettes that support a greater awareness of the interrelated systems of life. The film series will be a great jumping off point for students, teachers, and community members who are interested in considering a range of environmental studies, stewardship activities, or advocacy that can make a difference."
Tori Derr, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, California State University Monterey Bay

Connectivity Project

COOKED
Judith Helfand's searing investigation into the politics of "disaster," by way of the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave.
Best Feature Film, EarthxFilm
Best Film, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
DOCNYC

"Shines a light on the issues of poverty, race, class, and education that underlie how natural disasters take lives."
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"Chronicles the painful truth that waiting for the government can be hazardous to your health. The twin vulnerability of poverty and race placed African Americans at special risk in the 1995 Chicago heat wave. In America, zip code is more important than genetic code and some people and communities have the wrong complexion for protection."
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Professor, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University, Author, Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina

COOKED

FROM SEED TO SEED
Through a group of Canadian organic farmers we experience a full growing season with all of its rewards as well as the challenges of a changing climate.
Best of the Fest, Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Audience Choice Award, Soo Film Festival
Best Documentary Film, Popular Culture Association, DC

"This is one of the best documentary films about farming that I have watched."
Dr. Av Singh, Vice-President, Canadian Organic Growers
"Isn't a film focused on the evils of factory farming or the greed of big corporations; instead, it's an intimate and exalting look at the small family farm, the everyday hero of our food system."
Mother Nature Network
"A loving and enjoyable encouragement for anyone who cares about food and farming...I liked all the people featured in the film and the emphasis on community. It made me want to move to Canada."
Claire Hope Cummings, Author, Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

FROM SEED TO SEED

PLANETARY
A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call - a cross continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species.
World Premiere, SXSW
Award for Excellence, G2 Green Earth Film Festival
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Film Festival Sheffield Doc/Fest
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
"Stunning...A most impressive logistical and aesthetic feat...It gradually moves toward a more philosophical call for change in how individuals and societies view themselves — as participants in, rather than consumers of, a unique and fragile ecosystem."
Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A gift to the rising consciousness among those who see and feel themselves as planetary citizens and for those who could benefit from such a worldview. Words of insight and wisdom from the thinkers progress here like poignant epigrams, each of which could front entire chapters of discourse."
Tyler Volk, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, New York University, Author, Quarks to Culture

PLANETARY

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MiningWatch Canada works in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous communities who are dealing with potential or actual industrial mining operations that affect their lives and territories, or with the legacy of closed mines, as well as with mineworkers and former workers seeking safe working conditions and fair treatment.

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.

 


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THE SHADOW OF GOLD

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THE SHADOW OF GOLD
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THE SHADOW OF GOLD is a global investigation of how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth. The film explores both sides of the industry: the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore, and the small-time miners—an estimated 20 million people in the world's poorest nations—who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive.

From communities threatened by proposed mining projects in the U.S. and Canada to small-time and artisanal miners risking their health—and their lives—in countries like Congo, Peru and China, THE SHADOW OF GOLD leads viewers from these flashpoints of extraction through loosely regulated supply networks to the very top of the global supply chain, where conflict gold reaches consumers who are unaware of the origins of this coveted commodity.

Finally the film engages with engineers, scientists, and Fair Trade advocates who are working with miners to tackle gold's worst environmental and social problems.

79 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang, Sally Blake
Produced by Robert Lang, Sally Blake
Writers: Allen Booth, Denis Delestrac
Editors: Franck Nakache, Sarah Bachinski, James Blokland
Music: Eric Cadesky, Nick Dyer
Cinematographers: Mark Caswell, Russel Gienapp, German Gutierrez, Josh Lee
Produced by Kensington Communications, Inc., Films à Cinq and CAPA Presse

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Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy
In this updated edition of a 2016 report, the SPLC identifies 114 Confederate symbols that have been removed since the Charleston attack, and 1,747 that still stand. Many of these monuments are protected by state laws in the former Confederate states.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice
SCSJ is a nonprofit organization founded by a multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believed that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers, and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression.

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Confederate Symbols: Relations to Federal Lands and Programs
Congress is considering the role of Confederate symbols on federal lands and in federal programs. While no comprehensive inventory of such symbols exists, numerous federal agencies administer assets or fund activities in which Confederate memorials and references to Confederate history are present.

The Orangeburg Massacre 

Sons of Confederate Veterans

America’s Most Political Food (The New Yorker)

A Confederacy of Sauces (The New York Times)

Can a S.C. barbecue family rise above their father’s history of racism?

The Confederate Flag: The Use of a Symbol
A video by the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

 


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published MELTDOWN IN DIXIE 2022-02-22 14:23:51 -0500

MELTDOWN IN DIXIE

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A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT BBQ, ICE CREAM, AND THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

In MELTDOWN IN DIXIE a battle erupts in Orangeburg, SC, between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.

 

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The Confederate flag has flown in the corner of an Orangeburg, South Carolina parking lot since 2000, when former ice cream shop owner Maurice Bessinger raised the flag in protest over it coming down from the SC State House dome. Bessinger, a self-avowed segregationist, deeded the plot of land where the flagpole stood to the local Sons of Confederate Vets chapter to ensure the flag continued to fly in Orangeburg long after his death.

In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, new creamery owner Tommy Daras, who once considered the flag an acceptable sign of a rebel, has a change of heart and commits to doing anything possible to get it down. But "Keeper of the Flag" Buzz Braxton and the Sons of Confederate Vets refuse. With Confederate symbols coming down around the country, can Tommy get the flag down in Orangeburg?

This intimate, verité-driven short documentary film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

There are two versions of this program: 54-minutes and 40-minutes.

 

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Directed by Emily Harrold
Produced by Emily Harrold, Seth Gadsden
Editor: Rosie Walunas, Virginie Danglades
Executive Producer: Jedd Canty, Ryan Chanatry, Mahalia Cohen
Cinematographers: John Barnhardt, Kelly Creedon, Seth Gadsden, Kyle Kelley
A Lynnwood Pictures Production

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"Brilliantly succeeds in giving voice to the common people caught in the collision of the past and the present."
Peter S. Carmichael, Prof. Civil War Studies, Gettysburg College

"Symbols are important. In public spaces they mark who belongs, who is welcome, and who is excluded. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an honest and empathetic portrayal of a controversy over the public display of the Confederate battle flag in a small South Carolina town. Through this film, students will be able to see the emotional power that historical memory exercises in the present, as well as the bravery and persistence it takes to overcome resistance to change. The film will work well for classes in which students are exploring the enduring power of the Lost Cause narrative of the Civil War in the American South."
Gabriel Reich, Associate Professor of History/Social Studies Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an excellent and important film about an episode in our ongoing saga over Confederate symbols that lays bare the stakes of these debates for the everyday people affected by this complex issue. It is a fascinating and poignant film that raises frustrating but valuable questions over property rights, historical memory, and the slow pace of change."
William Sturkey, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

"Monuments falling, Confederate flags coming down, and people taking to protest racial injustice are the images of a Southern Lost Cause coming undone. Too often the lives of ordinary folks disappear in the national story. This film looks behind the dramatic headlines...This is a powerful film told through the voices of blacks and whites. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE brilliantly succeeds in giving voice to the common people caught in the collision of the past and the present."
Peter S. Carmichael, Professor of Civil War Studies, Director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, Author, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is a moving and timely narrative of the modern South. Sensitively weaving together interviews on race, history, and politics, filmmaker Emily Harrold demonstrates how all combine to reverberate across generations and in different ways for various people. The narrative dramatically highlights the vicious legacy of white supremacy which still raises its ugly head; but countered by a coalition of Black and white locals who use both the rule of law and community activism to combat racism and help move the American experiment towards a truer multicultural democracy."
Orville Vernon Burton, Chair of History, Professor of Pan-African Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and Computer Science, Clemson University

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is a riveting film that uses a local conflict over the Confederate battle flag in Orangeburg, South Carolina to educate viewers about the broader issues of race, memory, and power implicated in controversies over public displays of Confederate iconography. Its use of first-person narratives to illustrate these issues renders it an excellent documentary for learning about the ways in which symbols of the past continue to convey powerful meanings in the present and future. This film has resonance for a variety of audiences, and I highly recommend it."
Patricia Davis, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, Author, Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE offers a sad, subtle, powerful examination of the confrontation over Confederate symbolism in one small southern town. It lets both sides speak as it reveals the racial tensions at the heart of the debate over a Confederate flag in front of a local creamery. With the flag still flying and the creamery closed at the end of the movie, the film will foster classroom discussion."
Gaines Foster, Professor of History, Louisiana State University, Author, Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South

"This is a timely film that demonstrates the tensions between those that want to fly the Confederate flag and those that find the flag offensive. As we grapple with our past, MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an important tool that could be used in classrooms to help facilitate important discussions."
Andrea Benjamin, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Oklahoma

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What can you do to help support racial and economic equity in cities across America?

Here are a few suggestions to consider:

The Common Good Cooperative was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, by Kafi Dixon, who sought cooperative models and solidarity agreements to self-actualize community stabilization. Women nationally and globally face a disproportionate burden of health disparities, experiences with structural violence, and few opportunities for economic mobility - the mothers and women who founded Common Good Cooperatives sought to disrupt this cycle in Boston by providing community spaces for social and economic growth and healing.

Support this initiative featured in the film by becoming a Coop member.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities® provides a transformative educational experience for adults facing economic hardship and adverse circumstances. The free college humanities courses empower students to further their education and careers, become effective advocates for themselves and their families, and engage actively in the cultural and political lives of their communities.

Curious? Find a Clemente Course near you and consider supporting them and support them in Massachusetts.


Do you work for a local or state government agency?  Consider encouraging the city, county or state agency where you work to join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).  GARE is a network of member jurisdictions working to transform government by supporting racial equity practitioners to design and implement strategies that advance racial justice and build a strong multiracial democracy.

To learn more, consider attending a GARE Information Session.
You can also review our Member Guidebook for answers to frequently asked questions.

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A RECKONING IN BOSTON

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A RECKONING IN BOSTON explores what keeps the gap between rich and poor, white and Black, so glaringly wide in Boston.


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Kafi Dixon dreams of starting a land cooperative for women of color who have experienced trauma and disenfranchisement in the city of Boston. By day she drives a city bus. At night she is enrolled in the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a tuition-free college-level program for those who have experienced homelessness, transitioned out of incarceration, or faced barriers to a college education. Her classmate Carl Chandler, a community elder, is the class's intellectual leader.

White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck documents the students' engagement with the humanities. As he looks for transformations in their lives, he's awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city. Troubled by his failure to bring the film together, he enlists Kafi and Carl as collaborators. Five years later the students arrive at a new place, and with their support, James does too.

84 minutes
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Directed by James Rutenbeck
Produced by Carl Chandler, Kafi Dixon, James Rutenbeck
Executive Producers: Llewellyn Smith, Anne Marie Stein
Editor: James Rutenbeck
Directors of Photography: Allie Humenuk, P.H. O'Brien
Written by: James Rutenbeck
Music: Nate May
Executive Producer for Independent Lens: Lois Vossen

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"A superb examination of our city's inbred racial inequities that tackles the subject on both the systemic/structural level and the deeply personal...An absolute must see, especially for white audiences who think they know their hometown."
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

"This is more than a documentary. Through a masterful combination of personal stories and observations of institutional gatekeeping, the film shows the profound effects of racism, class divides and unbridled urban capitalism. Anyone who seeks to understand how opportunity and power are controlled in urban America, should see this film. Anyone who sees it, will witness human resilience that defies simple explanations and inspires faith in the possible."
Dr. Margaret Wilder, Executive Director, Urban Affairs Association

"A powerful film that lays bare the transformative force of the humanities in our lives in these turbulent and troubling times."
Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

"A powerful story about a community coming to terms with social justice and equality in an age of rapid globalization and development. Drawing on a meaningful collaboration, the producers eloquently document the struggle to overcome racial injustices and create inclusive economic opportunities for all. Teachers, students, and residents alike will benefit from the film's engagement with the many challenges - and opportunities - that cities face in the twenty-first century."
Dr. Thomas Vicino, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Author, Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US

"Shows eloquently the daily struggles of ordinary Black and Brown folk in the face of racism, gentrification, displacement/evictions, and economic distress. The film shows how they have voice, agency, a sense of self-determination, and a deep and growing understanding that individual struggles for survival are not so individual but, in fact, are systemic issues. Viewers are left with an empowering message: People who are not part of the wealth and power structures must continue to demand and organize on behalf of their safe spaces in the face of tremendous odds."
James Jennings, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

"It is extraordinary. We were in tears. The depth and gentle insight on the part of the filmmaker and the protagonists takes us into their world in a revelatory way."
Sarah Buie, Professor Emerita of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University

"Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, A RECKONING IN BOSTON documents the complex, interlocking systems of inequality that constrain the life chances of low-income people of color. By zeroing in on the lives of just a few compelling people, the film provides a vivid and moving complement to more abstract studies of systemic racism and its impacts on everyday lives."
Melissa Checker, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College CUNY, Author, The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice

"This is a blistering portrait of race and the urban environment. A RECKONING IN BOSTON dramatizes the many levels that white supremacy plays out both in individual lives and in the systems of a city, such as transit, housing, politics and place. By providing an important window into Boston's legacy of racial division and today's racial wealth divide, Reckoning also reveals the power of education, enduring ideas, facing our own privilege, and fearless community organizing to reshape communities."
Chuck Collins, Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies

"I am kind of blown away by it. I'm teaching a course on democracy and liberal education next semester...I almost certainly would like to include this film in the class."
Bob Taylor, Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont

"Takes on major issues of class, gender and race in the city of Boston through the lens of two Black people in Dorchester. Issues of racism and gentrification, but also redemption, are given a uniquely personal form in this evocative, elegiac but ultimately hopeful depiction of two people making their way in the contemporary American city. A deeply personal account."
John Rennie Short, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Author, Geopolitics: Making Sense of a Changing World

"An extraordinary collaboration...A compelling film about hope, doubt, learning to trust, and learning community... It's a powerful documentary, one that those who create community and those who want to participate in that creation, should watch."
Rebecca Romani, Vanguard Culture

"Inspirational and challenging."
Jeremy Jones, The Riot Act

"A RECKONING IN BOSTON is something that makes the young people of today want to wake up and fight for what is right...This type of issue is something that is not just happening in Boston but across the nation. Especially in urban underdeveloped neighborhoods. This documentary is heartbreaking but eye-opening. It was brilliant and gave the viewers a sense of hope and encouragement to find a way to help their neighbors out."
Imani Hill, The Suffolk Journal

"The story told in the film is one of 'understanding,' of an outsider learning about the true reality of life for many Bostonians."
Daniel Sheenan, Dorchester Reporter

"I've been awakened, I've been set straight, by James Rutenbeck's new documentary, A RECKONING IN BOSTON."
Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse

"The film hit me harder the second time; once I knew the basic storyline, I could then listen more carefully, feel more deeply, and see things that I hadn't noticed in the first viewing. There are so many levels at which to experience the film."
Jane Feinberg, Full Frame Communications

"Go see A RECKONING IN BOSTON. The film highlights why we need to think seriously about this mayoral candidate and city councilors and their stance on housing displacement and who has the right to space."
Saher Selod, Society for the Solution of Societal Problems


"This is an in-depth look at justice in the city of Boston and justice as it resides in the hearts of individuals facing poverty and systemic racism. Women, in particular, bear the brunt of insecurity in the areas of housing, food, education, and the trauma of losing loved ones to police brutality. The film examines how lives can be transformed through community engagement and self-discovery."
Michele Wakin, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Urban Poverty, Bridgewater State University, Author, Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise


"Through their life's journeys, the film's producers expose the mechanisms of the wide racial divide and its cumulative effects over time. A RECKONING IN BOSTON hits home hard and is a must-see for anyone that wants to understand how white privilege and racism work."
Randy Albelda, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston, Co-author, Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Wage Discrimination
 

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