“The Art of Catching Fog: Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida” in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. With groundwater levels dropping due to overuse, drought and climate change, the challenge to get enough water was becoming harder each day. Thanks to an exciting innovation, Ghouate’s village is now connected to the world’s largest functioning fog collection project, alleviating the need to collect water that fell mainly on women, and with stateof-the-art equipment setting an example for other projects globally.
“Too Precious to Mine” : The Havasupai – people of the blue-green waters – have lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for centuries. But now, uranium mining on the canyon’s rims is putting the tribe’s drinking water and its way of life at risk. What would you do to protect your home from uranium contamination? “If the Supai water is contaminated, the future of my society, of my people, will disappear.”– Carletta Tilousi, Havasupai Tribal Council.
“Grizzly Country” : After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.
“Becoming Ocean”: When climate-change journalist Eiren Caffall was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, she realized that, like the planet, she was slowly drowning. But instead of allowing the nearly invisible effects of her condition to paralyze her, Caffall uses her illness to look at the crisis of climate change in a way that makes “problems we so often push away because of their apparent distance from daily life, suddenly become intimate and human-scale.” (Naomi Klein, Author: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate )
“Treeline” : Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth. They can provide our shelter, our fuel, companionship, and – in some cases – our divinity. They are living bridges into our planet’s enormous past, their stories written into their rings over centuries and even millennia. Treeline takes us to the enshrined cypress groves of Japan, the towering red cedars of British Columbia, and the ancient bristlecones of Nevada, following skiers, snowboarders, scientists, and healers as they explore a connection older than humanity.
“Defending the Deep” : A tireless defender of the oceans and marine life, Claire Nouvian led a focused, data-driven advocacy campaign against the destructive fishing practice of deep-sea bottom trawling, successfully pressuring French supermarket giant and fleet owner Intermarché to change its fishing practices. Her coalition of advocates ultimately secured French support for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling that led to an EU-wide ban. Narrated by Robert Redford, “Defending the Deep” is part of The New Environmentalists, which illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.
“Girls and Glaciers” : This film follows teenagers Akua and Melodie as they expand their personal boundaries in challenging high alpine glaciated terrain. They learn field science, art, wilderness skills, and teamwork through the nonprofit organization Girls on Ice.
“Greenland Melts”: Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, reveals his alarming findings around glacial melt impacts on global sea level rise, climate change, and mass migration. Greenland Melts is stunningly filmed at remote polar monitoring stations where Dr. Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years.
“Hear the Call: Salmon Nation”: Singer Ashleigh Ball of Hey Ocean! travels with filmmaker Josh Thome to the remote coast of British Columbia where marine biologist Alexandra Morton and First Nations Chief Ernest Alfred are on the front lines of a battle that will decide the fate of wild salmon and the entire coastal ecosystem that depends on them.
“A New View of the Moon”: Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a festival by activists and for activists; it is organized and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League, which was founded in 1983 as a community effort to protect and restore the rivers of their California home watershed, from source to sea.
At the festival, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. Explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities.
The goal is to leave audience members inspired and motivated to go make changes locally. After the screening, all are invited to stay for refreshments and conversation about the films. To see the full film schedule, for more information, or to purchase tickets ($10/adults and $7/student or children 10 and under), go to www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/wild-and-scenic-film-festival-2/or call Midcoast Conservancy at (207) 389-5150.