I find myself turning to poets in times of uncertainty. Poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish wrote: “We are as great as our belief in human liberty—no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.” This is a powerful message. It challenges us to step outside of ourselves, as we collectively search for ways to respond to personal, community, and global needs for connection and solidarity.
Every week, we will host a webinar featuring one of our storytellers. These events are open to all, including educators, students, families, as well as film and documentary lovers. The following is what we’ve scheduled for the next month:
- Thursday, March 26th at 11am/PDT. Join filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee to discuss his Emmy-nominated film Earthrise. How can the symbol of the Earthrise photograph return to our collective consciousness 50 years later at a time of planetary crisis? Watch the film in advance and join the conversation. Register.
- Thursday, April 2nd at 11am/PDT. Join filmmaker Kalyanee Mam who will discuss Lost World, the story of one woman’s relationship to her home in Cambodia. For over a decade, the Cambodian government has granted private companies concessions to mine their mangrove forests for sand. The film documents the impact of the sand dredging on the mangroves, the lives of the people who live in the forests, and the surrounding ecosystem. Register.
- Thursday, April 9th at 11am/PDT. Join filmmaker Adam Loften who will discuss the making of Welcome to Canada, the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014. After fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime, Mohammed is rebuilding his life. He counsels newly-arrived Syrian refugee families with the same Vancouver-based NGO that aided him during his own resettlement process. Like Mohammed, these families have left loved ones behind and are struggling to adapt to a new land. They are finding resilience and hope for a new beginning. Register.
- Thursday, April 16th at 11am/PDT. Join filmmaker Jeremy Seifert to explore the making of The Church Forests of Ethiopia. This short film documents church forests in Ethiopia, which are withstanding environmental destruction. Over the past century, nearly all of Ethiopia’s native forests have been cleared for farming and grazing. Now it is up to the Orthodox Churches—who for centuries have safeguarded pockets of primary forest that grow around them—to preserve Ethiopia’s quickly shrinking biodiversity and teach people how to live with forests. Register.