2016 Festival

Friday, April 14 at 7:00pm - Land, Water and Freedom: Short films about resistance


Flint is a city of 100,000 people, with 41% living below the poverty line and an African-American majority. The city switched in 2014 to water from the polluted Flint River to save money, but the new water supply wasn't properly treated. Lead from aging lines leached into the local water supply, along with coliform bacteria and other contaminants, creating a serious health crisis. Up to 12,000 children may have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. Some residents were also forced to abandon their homes without warning. This film tells the story of the Flint Water Crisis from the perspectives of those who have experienced this tragedy first hand and from activists on the ground working through grass-root organizations to make a difference. While the national news media has been covering this event through the governments point of view, From Flint takes you inside the city to uncover this incident first hand.

Documentary, Directed by Elise Conklin. 25 minutes.

* The filmmaker and an activist from Flint will both be present for a post-screening discussion.




Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.

Documentary, Directed by Michael Premo. 21 minutes.

* Filmmakers present for post-screening discussion.




"Resilience," "Recovery" & REALITY

The story of the organizations that make up The Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable in the years since Hurricane Katrina.

Documentary, Directed by Ada McMahon. 30 minutes.

* Filmmakers and local activists present for post-screening discussion.