Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle – Feb 12, 2014

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“Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle”

They called it Alcatraz.  It was the Kuper Island Residential School and it stood on a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island.  For almost a century hundreds of Coast Salish children were sent to Kuper Island where they were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to replace their cultural heritage with the Anglo-Christian culture and often faced with physical and sexual abuse.  Some died trying to escape on logs across the water.  Many more died later, trying to escape their memories.  Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh and Peter C. Campbell join survivors of the school, 20 years after its closure, as they embark on an extraordinary healing journey.

Traditional welcome by T’sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes and Elder Shirley Alphonse.

Film Producer Peter Campbell will be attending the screeningPost screening discussion and slide show will include residential school survivors Alex Nelson and Belvie Brebber.  Alex went to St. Michael’s School in Alert Bay run by the Anglican Church and Belvie went to the Kuper Island school discussed in the film.  Elder Shirley Alphonse will bring healing words and will offer smudging to anyone attending.  And she will explain what smudging is. Carey Newman will speak about his Witness Blanket art project www.witnessblanket.ca  Members of the audience who would like to share stories of his or her time at a residential school are encouraged to do so.  For everyone else, no action required.  A time for listening.

 

POSTSCRIPT:
The Feb. 12 evening on residential schools was very moving and very beautiful. There were around 150 people there and many had journeyed from other places in the region to sit with this story of children plucked from their homes and transplanted into a foreign, regimented and generally inhospitable environment to try and grow, and the effects it has had on them and on future generations. Many thanks to Edith Newman for bringing the evening together and to T’sou-ke Chief Gordie Planes, Elder Shirley Alphonse, Carey Newman (www.witnessblanket.ca), Peter Campbell, Belvie Brebber and Alex Nelson and everyone else who added his or her voice to the remarkable conversation that happened before and after the screening.
And to all who came and listened and gave space.

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Empowered: Power From the People – Jan 8, 2014

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Tompkins County New York is one of the cloudiest, least windy places in the U.S. and yet the residents are proving that they can meet their energy needs through totally renewable resources.  From solar and wind to geothermal and even biodiesel, this film tells the story of one community’s role in the energy independence revolution.  Film Producer Suzanne McMannis, an organic farmer who has been living off the grid for over a decade, says:  “I wanted to make a movie that demonstrates how practical, affordable and fun it can be to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels”.

Post screening discussion with Andrew Moore project director for the T’souke First Nations’ award-winning solar installations, Liz Ferris, Climate Action Program Coordinator for the CRD who will discuss a proposed incentive program to assist home owners wanting to incorporate solar energy technology into their home (this program has been delayed so Liz Ferris will not be attending the film night) and Mike Geldreich, an electrical contractor and “very green guy” who has been installing renewable energy systems “solar, wind turbines, micro hydro…we’ve done it all” for 10 years. There will also be a chance to learn about a company that is making a vertical axis wind turbine that turns like a merry-go-round claiming to use less space, less moving parts, making little noise and doing no harm to birds compared to conventional wind turbines.

Come and ask your questions!

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Chasing Ice – Dec. 11, 2013

Chasing Ice

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This is the story of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of our changing climate:  The Extreme Ice Survey.  With a band of young adventurers in tow, he used revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.  Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.  This is a hauntingly beautiful film that compresses years into seconds and captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.  The visuals are augmented by interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and some simple charts and graphs explaining why the extreme ice survey work is so critical.

“You’ve never seen images like this before….it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen”….Robert Redford

 

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Let’s Talk Trash! – Nov. 13, 2013

Let’s Talk Trash!          November 13

Featuring the film:

“Trashed”

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In this 2013 British documentary by filmmaker Candida Brady, Jeremy Irons travels the world to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem.  Although not a pretty picture, there is some hope as the film turns from the alarming results of ignoring trash to some solutions, including an entire city which is now virtually waste-free.

Post screening discussion with Laura Byrne, Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator, District of Sooke and Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne.  A chance to discuss your ideas and concerns about how the community can more effectively deal with garbage and reduce the amount of waste we produce.

Booths in the theatre foyer:

* A mini fair featuring local Upcyclers and their creative wares.  This could be a chance to do some sustainable early Christmas shopping. Upcyclers are: Dana Sitar – http://sookefinearts.com/gallery-awards/2011-2/ ; Love In Everything – http://loveineverything.blogspot.ca ; Hollow Tree – find them on Facebook; Earth Elf – www.earthelf.ca; Jenn Bell – www.discardedcouture.org

* Info on CRD recycling and Sooke Street Bank (neighborhood lending and giving, sharing skills and posting notices – www.streetbank.com)

* Free gift exchange table (BRING A “GIFT” OF A SMALL USABLE ITEM THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED)

Door prize.

Doors open at 6:30; film at 7:00

 

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Sacred Science – Oct. 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

Season Premiere

Sacred Science

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This films follows the journey of 8 people from the developed world, each with an “incurable” chronic illness, who spend one month in seclusion in the Amazon jungle looking for one last chance to be healed.  These men and women who are debilitated from diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and alcoholism, take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men.  They are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process.

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