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Announcement :: Environment : Organizing : Race
Upcoming STORIES FROM THE LAND: ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS FROM THE ASIAN DIASPORA Film Festival!
Email: chingin (nospam) aarw.org
Phone: (617) 426-5313
Address: 33 Harrison Ave, 3rd Fl., Boston MA 02111
04 Nov 2004
Upcoming Asian & Asian American Environmental Justice Film Festival 11/10-11/21
www.aarw.org for Asian American programming schedule
Please forward to your folks, friends, family & listservs!
ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP
Stories from the Land: Environmental Films from the Asian Diaspora
Wednesday November 10 – Sunday November 21, 2004!
Admission Prices: $5, $25 for Festival Pass ($15 for Students), Tufts students w/ID free
www.storiesfromtheland.org for more specific ticketing information & for a full schedule!
ORGANIZING ACROSS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: a night of films
Co-sponsored by Alternatives for Community & Environment
Thursday night, November 11th
Premiering ACE's new film
OUR BACKYARD (dir. Bill Parker, 2004, 18 min)
The Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, home to over 60,000 people, has asthma hospitalization rates that are 5 times that of the state average. Almost all the residents are people of color, less than half of them own an automobile, and over one-third of children live below the poverty line. This is the neighborhood that is home to the environmental justice organization Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE). OUR BACKYARD tells the story of key struggles and victories told from the vantage points of community leaders and residents, current and former staff, as well as volunteers and youth. Among these stories, this short documentary shows how an asthma campaign started by fifth graders in 1997 have sparked changes in the MBTA's diesel-fueled bus fleet today, and profiles the struggles of a community group that fought against industrial zoning with the help of ACE's pro-bono legal network.
With the film BUS RIDERS UNION(dir. Haskell Wexler, 1999, 90 min, with Korean subtitles!)
A documentary which captures three years of the Bus Riders Union's struggle as a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-gender, multi-generational civil rights movement on behalf of Los Angeles's
400,000 mostly low-income, people of color, women, and immigrant transit riders. From the filing of the historic Civil Rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to the signing of the Consent Decree that settled a lawsuit and
helped improve bus service and halt fare hikes, from demonstrations and sit-ins protesting the elimination of late night bus service and fare increases to grassroots organizing on the buses, the film depicts the BRU's long term fight through its moments of joy, crisis, and victory.
7pm OUR BACKYARD
7:30pm Q&A with ACE
8pm BUS RIDERS UNION
Tufts Jaharis Auditorum in Boston Chinatown (136 Harrison Ave)
OUR LAND IS NOT FOR $ALE!
Co-Sponsored by Chinese Youth Initiative
Beginning with a community retrospective showing of
The FALL OF THE I-HOTEL (dir. Curtis Choy, 1993 revised, 1983 original, 58 min)
This film brings to life the battle for housing in San Francisco. The brutal eviction of the I-Hotel's tenants in 1977 ended a decade of spirited resistance. For almost 20 years after the International Hotel's demolition, the former site of the heart of Manilatown and home to more than 10,000 people in the 1950s, remained vacant.
Chinatown Is Not For Sale! (dir. CJP youth, 2002, 43 min)
A film by the Youth Organizers of the Chinatown Justice Project of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
A film about Manhattan's Chinatown community struggle against gentrification and displacement.
1:30pm FALL OF THE I-HOTEL
2:30 pm CHINATOWN IS NOT FOR SALE!
A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Tufts Jaharis Auditorium in Boston Chinatown (136 Harrison Ave)
COMMUNITY VOICES: FILM SHORTS FROM THE FRONTLINES
Co-sponsored by Boston Hawaiian Club
Featuring voices from Richmond CA's Laotian Organizing Project, Oakland Chinatown tenants, Waiahole Ditch's Hawaiian taro farmers & residents fighting for community control of waters & more! Community members take matters into their own hands by taking up the camera to tell their own stories about community in this shorts program.
4:30pm at Tufts Jaharis Auditorium in Boston Chinatown (136 Harrison Ave)
Followed by Q&A with Al Wong (EPA, Boston Hawaiian Club) as well as Food & Performance!
CRIZEL (dir. Aimee Suzara, 2001, 6 min)
A short documentary dedicated to a young victim of the toxic waste left behind by the U.S. military upon vacating the bases in the Philippines.
THERE'S FIRE IN YOUR EYES (dir. mari rose taruc, 2000, 2 min 27 sec)
About environmental justice organizing efforts of Laotian refugee community in Richmond, CA by Asian Pacific Environmental Network – Laotian Organizing Project
ENERGY RANGERS IN SOOT CITY (dir. Pratap Chatterjee, 2002, 13 min)
This Flash animation movie stars "Solar Woman," "Wind Woman," and "Efficiency Man," fighting the menace of the evil Moore power company and its henchman President Curious George and Vice-President Tricky Dick OilSlick. It covers many topics including pollution problems, the energy crisis, corporate profiteering, governmental acquiescence, and political and social activism, in a fun and informative style designed for youth and adult audience.
WE WILL NOT BE MOVED (dir. Ching-In Chen, 2003, 5 min)
Inspired by resistance to the 2003 evictions of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza tenants, this poem-film pairs images of everyday life in Oakland Chinatown with lyrical words
GOLD, GREED & GENOCIDE (dir. Pratap Chatterjee, 2002, 22 min)
A documentary by an Asian American filmmaker in collaboration with the International Indian Treaty Council about the effects of the 1849 gold rush on native peoples and the environment
STOLEN WATERS (dir. Na Maka o ka ' Aina, 1996, 27 min)
Documents the battle over the water in Waiahole Ditch on the island of O'ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900's by sugar plantations.
WASTE: MADE IN THE FIRST WORLD
A evening showing films bridging the Asian diaspora.
7pm at Tufts University's Medford Campus in Braker 001
TRACKING THE E-WASTE TRAIL (dir. Lau So-Mui, 2003, 20 min)
The Guiyu, a small village in the Guangdong Province of China, is a newly industrialized area specializing in the management and recycling of computer wastes. The workers there burn the original components of computers to extract valuable metals from them. The useless parts are then casually discarded, releasing toxic materials, and polluting the surrounding environment. Media Watch investigative teams went to the U.S. and Canada in search of the source of this e-waste, and discovered that, using the euphemism environmental recycling, these countries are actually dumping their waste onto other countries.
TOXIC SUNSET: ON THE TRAIL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE FROM SUBIC & CLARK (dir.
Louelle Lasola & Ben Pimental, 1991, 30 min)
Nearly one hundred years after the Spanish American war, US military bases were finally voted out of the Philippines. This documentary dredges up facts about life-threatening waste left behind by departing US military personnel.
Followed by a talk by Noah Sachs, Harvard University
Stories from the Land is co-presented by Tufts University College of Citizenship & Public Service, Peabody Essex Museum & Asian Community Development Corporation.
This work is in the public domain