Join us on Sept 5 as Ohio University Libraries, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Athena Cinema celebrate their sixth year of sponsoring the popular “Sustainability Film Series,” an eclectic and diverse series of documentaries in the fields of environmental studies and sustainability. All six of fall 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 is “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” which focuses on Bill Nye and his never-ending mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking.
Other upcoming films include:
Sept. 19: “The Devil We Know,” a favorite from the Athens International Film and Video Festival 2018, centers on a group of citizens in West Virginia who take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemicals. The filmmaker, Stephanie Soechtig, will be present after the screenings for Q&A.
Oct. 3: “Daughters of the Forest,” set in the Mbaracayu forest of Paraguay, one of the most remote forests left on earth, follows a group of girls attending a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves.
Oct. 17: “Farmsteaders,” also a favorite from the Athens International Film & Video Festival 2018, is an intimate story of local farmers from Laurel Valley Creamery in Meigs County, Ohio. Having abandoned a career as a food processing engineer at General Mills, Nick returns home with his wife Celeste and their young family to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm. The entire family will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Oct. 31: Two features “Water Warriors” & “Voices from a Poisoned City”,” look at water issues from communities fighting for protection, and communities dealing with the issues when protection was too late.
Nov. 14: “Night of Shorts,” is an evening of short films celebrating conservation and the beauty of the planet.
Nov. 28: “Taking Root” tells the story of Wangari Maathai, in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country, Kenya. Raised in the rural highlands, educated in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa, Maathai discovers the heart of her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up.
The purpose of the Sustainability Series, originally titled in 2012 the Common Experience on Sustainability (CEPS), serves as an introduction to local and global issues on the environment. The current film series 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 include: energy, biodiversity, zero waste and recycling, climate change, land protection, the clothing industry, oceans, forests and global education.
A panel discussion immediately follows 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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