Authored by lorraine wochna
Join us on Jan. 24 as Ohio University Libraries, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Athena Cinema celebrate their fifth year of sponsoring the popular “Sustainability Film Series,” an eclectic and diverse series of documentaries in the fields of environmental studies and sustainability. All seven of spring semester’s screenings, held Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema, are free and open to the public.
The first film up this year, “The Anthropologist,” follows a mother-daughter team over a five-year period as they travel the world to study the impact of climate change on indigenous communities following the same methods used by Margaret Mead.
Other upcoming films include:
Feb. 7: “Not Without Us,” a screening about grassroots activists from around the globe who tackle issues raised at 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris.
Feb. 21: In “The Borneo Case,” filmmakers spend five years investigating the illegal logging of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest. The logging operation obliterated 90% of the rainforest in order to build 12 mega-hydropower dams. The team worked with indigenous exiled activist Mutang Urud, who lived 20 years in Montreal for opposing the deforestation of his homeland.
Mar. 7: “What Lies Upstream,” a global-to-local film that focuses on the massive chemical spill in West Virginia. The film was directed by Cullen Hoback (director of “Terms & Conditions May Apply”), an investigative filmmaker with a keen interest in collusion between the federal government and private corporations.
Mar. 21: Features “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.” Locally, what can be done about clean energy? Take a look at clean energy initiatives, and the people who are making it happen.
Apr. 4: Want to really experience activism? Check out “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock,” which takes a look into the heart of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and the stand-off between activists and the federal government.
Apr. 18: The series brings local and global together in “Death by Design,” a reality check on the impact of our electronics addiction through the eyes of the labor market, environmental impact and e-waste.
The purpose of the Sustainability Series, originally titled in 2012 the Common Experience on Sustainability (CEPS), is to serve as an introduction to local and global issues on the environment. The current film series still remains true to its origins by continuing to create an awareness of environmental issues through speakers, activities, and films.
Many of these controversial documentaries enhance the viewer’s learning experience and provide an opportunity to explore the world of environmental and sustainability issues, both from the grassroots movements and from corporate investigations.
Film topics range from energy, biodiversity, zero waste and recycling, climate change, land protection, clothing industry, oceans, forests and global education.
A panel discussion will immediately follow each film screening. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, filmmakers, producers, and community members are invited to stay and share their thoughts and research. We encourage everyone to ASK QUESTIONS and BE CRITICAL.
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Image courtesy of the Athena Cinema