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Oct 16 & 17 SFGFF co-presents: STANDING ON SACRED GROUND Episodes 1-4



Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

In this four-part documentary series, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change.

Narrated by Graham Greene, with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Q’orianka Kilcher, the series exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

standingonsacredground.org


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

7:10 PM — Episode One: Pilgrims and Tourists

Indigenous shamans of the Altai Republic, Russia (southern Siberia), and a northern California tribe find common ground resisting government megaprojects.

8:45 PM — Episode Two: Profit and Loss

From Papua New Guinea to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, native people fight the loss of land, water and health to mining and gas industries.

All screenings will be followed by a discussion with director Toby McLeod and others involved in the films. Honored guests on Oct. 16 include tar sands activist Mike Mercredi, Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk, Altaian environmental leader Danil Mamyev and Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons.

Venue: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
Admission: $15 (for both films)
Tickets & Information: roxie.com

Co-presented by SF Green Film Festival.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

7:10 PM — Episode Three: Fire and Ice

From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous communities protect their sacred lands from development, competing religions and climate change.

8:45 PM — Episode Four: Islands of Sanctuary

Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawai’ians reclaim land and resist the erosion of culture and the environment.

All screenings will be followed by a discussion with director Toby McLeod and others involved in the films.

Venue: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
Admission: $15 (for both films)
Tickets & Information: roxie.com

Co-presented by SF Green Film Festival.

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