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Representation Matters

October 19, 2020
January 31, 2021

Exploring the intersection of Social Justice and The Environmental Movement

Location: A Virtual, Remote, Group Learning Experience

  • Environmental Racism has occurred throughout history, and our society is finally confronting it. The overarching goal of this program is to use these films to inspire activism by increasing our understanding of the intersectionality between social justice and the environmental movement.
  • This curated program highlights how “Representation Matters” in environmental activism.

Representation Matters – Official Film Selections

Running Time: Approximately two hours

  • A New View of the Moon 3 Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon, reinforcing the premise that we are all co-habitants of the same Earth.
  • Brotherhood of Skiing 10Formed in 1973 during the height of the black power movement, the National Brotherhood of Skiers organization is dedicated to overcoming barriers to create a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports. Today, the NBS hosts the largest gathering of black skiers in the United States and represents 53 ski clubs with over 3,000 members across the country.
  • Detroit Hives 6East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots so to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time. View Trailer
  • Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco 8Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement since the 1940s. This short documentary film follows three environmental youth leaders who are changing the world, starting with their own neighborhood.
  • The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers 10A mosquito bite decades ago leads Catherine Coleman Flowers on her life's journey. This captivating film brings viewers into the world of Flowers, an Alabama activist who became passionate about the environment when she found out that tropical diseases, like hookworm, were showing up in her community because of sewage treatment problems. Her journey to solve problems at the intersection of poverty, climate change, and politics has taken her from the Alabama Black Belt to Washington, D.C., Switzerland and back. View Trailer
  • Station 15 15High school student and poet, Chasity Hunter experienced intense flooding in her New Orleans neighborhood during both Hurricane Katrina and recent summer rainstorms. Inspired to find out how safe her city really is, she investigates its infrastructure and questions water experts, finding her own voice along the way. View Trailer
  • A Letter to Congress 3Wallace Stegner's 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage-- our public lands-- to private and corporate interests.
  • From Darkness to Light 13Life is challenging for women in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania made up of numerous islands where half the population lives below the poverty line. Mothers and grandmothers in Zanzibar are becoming solar engineers thanks to training from Barefoot College -so they can bring electricity to their villages where previously they relied on paraffin.
  • This Land 13Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she's running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands. View Trailer
  • Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white? 5Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that things will get worse. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and meet the conservationists of color trying to change the parks' future.
  • The Hammocks 27While an early generation of climbers was summiting Everest and enjoying Yosemite's spectacular beauty in the 1950s, Africans Americans couldn't gain access to beaches in America. The Hammocks tells the story of a defiant friendship between Dr. Williams Sharpe and African American outdoorsman John Hurst. The friendship itself was an act of resistance and the subsequent story of a coastal Barrier Island's journey to its place as a pristine Jewel on North Carolina's Coast is surely inspiring. This is a story of how African Americans asserted their rights not only to open school lunch counters and public spaces, but also recreational wild places.
  • Words Have Power 6Ten-year-old Jaysa's dynamic speeches at rallies and city hall catalyze her community against the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma - and they succeed in shutting it down. Evoking social justice and environmental racism, she wonders why so many such plants are put in her neighborhood. The film's wonderful soundtrack is provided by her father, a reggae musician.

Tickets: $10

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