From November 2020 to May 2021, we will offer a film to watch on your own time and a scheduled Zoom meeting to have a discussion based on the topic(s) presented in the film. The program will present a broad spectrum of views on our relationship with this earth and will include both documentaries and features from around the world.
Thursdays: March 18, April 15, May 13
At: 4:00 pm (MT) / 6:00 pm (ET) / 7:00 pm (AT)
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89516097467?pwd=ZHZVbUtndEJVMU53dXdMVVYrdTFyZz09
Meeting ID: 895 1609 7467
1- We announce the movie in this newsletter and on the Collective’s website
2- You watch it at home or with a friend before the discussion date
3- We discuss it online in a Zoom Room, with a break-out groups format
Our Programmer for this series is British-born film brat Angela Pressburger, who has been a Program Consultant for the Vancouver International Film Festival since 2000 and has sat on documentary juries for both the Vancouver and Seattle film festivals. In 2001, Angela founded the Sunshine Coast Film Society, which is still running, and in 2012 she started the Tatamagouche Movie Group, many of whose members will be joining us for this film series. At one point she wrote a movie review column for the Shambhala Sun and she is also the co-founder of the short-lived Shambhala Agricultural Foundation, which turns out to have been just a little before its time.
THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN, (8.0), 2017, Norway/UK, 87 min.
Recognitions: UN Prize for Best Film at AgroFilm, 2017; Nominated for Best Film at HotDocs, 2017; Best Film, NaturVision, EkoFilm, Millennium, and the Royal Anthropological Institute; Best Cinematography Vancouver and Social Impact Media Awards;
Links to Watch the Film:
In Canada: https://www.ovid.tv/videos/thank-you-for-the-rain
It’s a safe site so you can sign up for a free trial and then you will have two weeks to watch and cancel your subscription.
In the USA: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thankyoufortherain2
Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya records climate change’s roller-coaster ride of flash floods and devastating droughts. For the past five years, he’s kept a video diary, documenting the damaging effects of wild weather on his family’s life and livelihood. Convinced that planting trees is the answer to counteracting global warming in his community, Kisilu organizes local farmer groups, makes endless presentations with the support of his wife, Christine, and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr, who takes his message all the way to COP 21 in Paris. But is anyone listening?
This emotional, earnest and essential film about climate change is driven by Kisilu’s point of view. It gives voice to a natural leader who expects politicians to be doing as much as he is—to care and to be interested in hearing from those directly affected by the environmental transformations taking place on this planet we all share.
Kisilu’s own struggle has helped to catalyze change nationally and internationally; his native wisdom and his refusal to give up, even under the most trying circumstances, are inspiring.
Online Discussion: Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. Atlantic, 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Meeting ID: 895 1609 7467
See you in the Movie Zoom Room!