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Cinema Politica is committed to supporting alternative, independent, and radical political film and video, and the artists who dare to devote time, passion and resources to telling stories from the margins. We program works that feature under-represented subjects and tell stories which confront and challenge conventional fiction and documentary narratives.
Hands On: Women, Climate, Change
Directed by Liz Miller, Nupur Basu, Mary Kiio, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier, and Karen Winther ∙ 2014 ∙ Canada
This collaborative doc offers unique perspectives across cultures and generations; A young woman challenges the expansion of oil rigs in the North Sea while a seasoned community organizer interprets satellite weather reports for fisherman struggling to survive on India’s increasingly volatile coast. Silje Lundberg runs the only youth environmental organization in Norway, leading 7000 members in a campaign to prevent arctic oil exploration around the largest cold coral reef in the world. Following the devastating impacts of cyclone Thane, Maheshvari became a community leader and through her daily announcements, she delivers satellite information on weather conditions to ensure the safety of struggling fisherman in her coastal community of Veerampattinam, India. Researcher Jose Gerin-Lajoie is developing research methods with Cree and Inuit Communities in Quebec to share knowledge and ensure that research initiatives to address climate change take into account those most impacted.
Jasmine Thomas of Saik’uz First Nation (Canada) is leading a coalition to prevent efforts to build a tar sands pipeline across her community that threatens water security and contributes to global warming. After years of contributing to reforestation and climate change policies in Kenya, Annabell Waititu is training women farmers in sustainable practices, ensuring their voices are taken into account when developing national policies and helping women understand their rights.