Twenty Years of Awareness Celebration – December 10

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Awareness Film Night will celebrate 20 years of presenting monthly documentaries on topics normally disregarded by the mainstream media with a re-screening of the first film we screened back in 1994: “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media“.
Mark Achbar (“The Corporation”) and Peter Wintonick’s award-winning documentary presents Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist and highlights his probing analysis of mass media and critique of the forces at work behind the daily news.  Including footage of Chomsky’s visit to Malaspina College in Nanaimo.  This film is almost 3 hours long, so we will only screen one part of it.
The rest of the evening will be devoted to cake and tea and maybe some  reminiscing and reflection on how we might be more aware than we were in 1994.   Any other ideas for adding to the celebration are most welcome…..after all, Awareness Film Night is all of our baby.

A great idea has been put forward:  We will have a “gift exchange” table at the film night.  Bring an item that you no longer need or want that someone else might be able to use as a Christmas gift.

 

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Stand – November 12, 2014

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This beautifully filmed documentary takes viewers on a journey through the untarnished scenery, pristine ecosystems and life rich in culture and history of the B.C. coastal areas that are under threat by the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and the tankers that will be servicing them.  The film features expedition stand up paddler Norm Hann, who will be attending the screening, iconic West Coast surfer Raph Bruhwiler and a first nations high school class building their own SUPs as they journey through the waters of B.C. showing the landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill.

Post screening discussion and comments will be led by Celine Trojand of the Dogwood Initiative with assist from those supporting the Sooke municipal election plebiscite on “no expanded tanker traffic in B.C. coastal waters”.  Celine Trojand grew up in northeastern B.C.  Her family made a living in agriculture and horticulture.  She has a degree in Anthropology and began working for the Dogwood in 2009. Celine is unfalteringly devoted to building power in communities across her home province and is best when she’s having exciting conversations and meeting new people.

Everyone, whatever your stand on oil pipelines and tankers, is invited to attend and voice your opinion.

The evening will also feature some fantastic water sports and recreation prizes to be given away: 

Two 3 hour kayak rentals from Ocean River Sports, value $100.

A package of surf and SUP supplies from the new Sooke branch of HtO.

And more……

 

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Defensora – October 8th, 2014

2014/2015 Season Premiere

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Co-presented with the Victoria Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC).

If you want to register your mining company in a country that has the least amount of encouragement or regulations for acting responsibly and cooperatively towards the peoples and the ecology near your mine, pick Canada!

“Defensora” is a documentary about Mayan Q’eqchi resistance against mining in Guatemala.  Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, this is a timely film that provides candid insights into the brave struggles of the men and women in El Estor, Guatemala who, faced with the violence, intimidation, poor health and forced evictions that Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has brought about in their home and ancestral lands, have now brought their battle for justice to the Canadian courts.

After the film there will be an opportunity to have a discussion and ask questions hosted by 3 members of MJAC.  Kay Gimbel is on the executive of the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union, representing about 500 ships officers across the province.  He travelled to Guatemala earlier this year with a mining justice delegation led by Rights Action.  Kay visited several mining sites including the mining impacted community of El Estor and met many of the people who are depicted in this film.  Janet Gray is an active member of MJAC and KAIROS.  She has organized film and discussion events and other social justice projects and she participated actively in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Janet has also visited Guatemala and will bring first hand experience to the current tensions involved with mining companies there.  Heather Tufts is a social justice activist, citizen journalist and independent researcher.  She is an active member of MJAC and has organized many events and programs.  As an educator Heather believes in the “learning and research for change” model and has engaged with grassroots movements and indigenous communities for many years.

Now that we in B.C. have had a glimpse of the irresponsibility of mining companies and the blind eyes of the government towards them with the Mt. Polley tailings pond spill, this precedent-setting court case is all the more relevant to us in Canada.  So far there have been no murders and rapes such as happened in El Estor, but the killing of an ecosystem is surely also a criminal act.

 

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A (VIDEO) EVENING WITH CHARLES EISENSTEIN May 14, 2014

2013/2014 Season Finale

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A (VIDEO) EVENING WITH CHARLES EISENSTEIN
Author of “Sacred Economics – Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”.

Some quotes from Charles:

“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born in to a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the Earth, a new experience of being human.”

“Another way of being is possible and it is right in front of us, closer than close….yet it slips away so easily that we hardly believe it could be the foundation of life; so we relegate it to an afterlife and call it Heaven or we relegate it to the future and call it Utopia.  Either way we set it apart from this world and this life and thereby deny its practicality and its reality in the here-and-now.  Yet the knowledge that life is more than Just This cannot be suppressed.  Not forever.”

“What has rendered us helpless to resist the ugliness, pollution, injustice and downright horror that has risen to engulf the planet in the last few centuries?  What calamity has so resigned us to it that we call this the human condition?  Those moments of love, freedom, serenity, play – what power has made us believe these are but respites from real life? …….Underlying the vast swath of ruin our civilization has carved is not human nature, but the opposite: human nature denied.”

 No speakers this month…..just our usual discussion to follow.  A time to ponder and share our thoughts and feelings before we adjourn for the summer months.


Postscript:

Hello all………….Some thoughts on the topic of money and sacred economics from one of last night’s moviegoers:  we could increase “gift economy” in Sooke by increasing participation in www.streetbank.com.  Streetbank is a sharing and exchange program that connects people within 10km. of their home with their neighbors through an online network.  It is a way to share and exchange items, services and information (such as “bear alert”) as well as getting to know your neighbors. She noted: “It is a lovely marriage of using the internet to create community”.Also, Sooke’s Transition Town group is always working with creating a more sustainable and resilient community.  Ideas and new members are most welcome.  www.transitionsooke.org, 

To find the 22 minute talk by Charles that wouldn’t play last night, or if you missed the film night, here it is:

http://charleseisenstein.net/project/a-new-story-of-the-people-charles-eisenstein-at-tedxwhitechapel/

 

It is a lovely summary of what he is talking about and a lovely summary of what I was hoping to bring to the season finale…..a sense of finding our way in this often frustrating and chaotic transition time between the old paradigm that we have all been brought up in, one defined by competition, hierarchy, force and division and a new way of being on the planet, guided by our hearts rather than our brains, one which we cannot yet clearly see.

 

Heartfelt thanks to those who have helped out over the season:  Sarah Staskiel our fantastic tech who has been great to work with, Lyra Hindrichs who downloaded films for us and also was a sub for Sarah on the night when all the new theatre equipment was not getting along with each other, Stephen Hindrichs who has created the eye-catching posters every month, Mary Brooks at MapleLine Business Centre who printed them for only the charge of the ink, Jeff Bateman, our man on the AFN Facebook page, Bryan and Susie at Video To Go who mind the AFN library for no charge because they feel it is an important thing for the community, Deb Harper, creator of and helper for the website and Twitter account, George McFetridge AFN table and donation can manager, Reta Vasey at the EMCS Program office who has often gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the evening goes smoothly, the District of Sooke for their generous grant for a new projector and towards the new soundboard in the theatre and to all of you who have made this the best season yet.

 

If you find that you need an Awareness Film Night fix over the summer, remember that there is a whole slew of documentary films to rent for a mere $3 in the AFN library at Video To Go in Sooke.  A list of the films can be found at www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Have a great summer.  Hopefully you will have many chances to get out into the beauty and serenity of the natural world we are so fortunate to have around us here on Vancouver Island. 

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What’s Fracking? April 9, 2014

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Co-presented with Sierra Club of B.C.

The evening will feature 3 short films about fracking.   What exactly IS fracking and how do fracking wells work?  Can anyone just drill fracking wells anywhere in the countryside?  Is liquified natural gas (LNG) really a “clean energy”?  Is the information we are being given about fracking and LNG by the fracking industry and governments around the world, including here in B.C. a complete picture?

After the films we will have an opportunity to learn more about what is going on with fracking and other extractive fuel processes here in B.C. from Caitlin Vernon who is the Coastal Campaigner with the Sierra Club of B.C.  Caitlin has a BSc. in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies.  Since 2007 she has been working to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, support community-based First Nations’ monitoring initiatives and keep the B.C. coast free from tar sands pipelines and tankers.

We will also hear from Terry Dance Bennick who is coordinating a Victoria Healing Walk to be simultaneous to the annual Healing Walk that takes place in Alberta.

Finally, there will be a presentation by the District of Sooke of their draft Community Energy Emissions Plan (CEEP), developed with support from B.C. Hydro, which looks at the energy and emissions data (such as transportation, building basics and waste management) for the community and outlines an action plan.

The evening will conclude with a question and answer period where moviegoers will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for all 3 presenters.

 

 

 

 

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