CSU, Chico News

Environmental Action and Resource Center Hosts Weekly Film Series

Date: 04-07-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Sara Tompkins, Public Relations Intern
AS Sustainability

The Environmental Action and Resource Center (E-ARC) has partnered with several other campus departments and student organizations to host a four-week film series called Crossroads between People and the Environment.

Co-hosts of the film series include E-ARC, the Office of Diversity, Stop Trafficking of People, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Affairs Council and the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center.

The films, which cover different sustainability-related topics, will be shown Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Ayres 120. A primary goal of this film series is to highlight the social equity aspect of sustainability, which is often overlooked. A second goal is to make connections with diverse organizations and raise awareness of sustainability.

Thursday, April 7, the film “For the Next 7 Generations,” will premiere for the start of the four-week film series. The film is a coming-together film about an international council of 13 indigenous grandmothers who face a world crisis and form an alliance to help fight for our planet.

On April 14, the film “Under Rich Earth,” a story about coffee and sugarcane farmers who face the treacherous undertaking of being forced off their land by a mining project, will be shown. For more information about the film, visit http://underrichearth.ryecinema.com/.

“Born into Brothels,” a tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, will be featured on April 21. This film looks at the hardships of children being raised with mothers as prostitutes and the possibilities that open up through someone who introduces them to photography and a way of viewing the world through new eyes.

Wrapping up the series on April 28, “Chocolate Country” is a film that focuses on cacao farmers in the isolated hills of the Dominican Republic, who are fighting a losing battle with the global economy, and their plan to overturn the system.

Students as well as members of the community are encouraged to attend any of the four films and support the seven organizations that organized the series.

All films are free of cost. For more information about the film series, contact Celeste Diaz at 530-370-8969 or Yesenia Ortiz at 559-731-4409.