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SFGFF co-presents: STANDING ON SACRED GROUND – Episodes 1&2

October 17, 2013 @ 12:10 AM – 3:00 AM
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.


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.

Admission: $15 (for both films)
Tickets & Information: roxie.com

Co-presented by SF Green Film Festival.