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Tales From Planet Earth (free, multiple venues)


  • Union South Marquee and other venues 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)
  "The Opposition."

"The Opposition."

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' "Tales From Planet Earth" film festival has historically featured films that introduce global environmental issues by telling human stories. This year's theme, "Land is Life," focuses on the work of largely indigenous communities to preserve and protect land resources under threat from mismanagement or destruction due to the (often interconnected) influences of bigotry and financial incentive. Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock (2017) follows the experience of an individual protester of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota, as well as how the community rallied together to support the movement (trailer below). In The Opposition (2016), a New Guinean community fights to stay on the land they've lived on for generations while the government tries to evict them and construct a five-star hotel. When Two Worlds Collide (2015) presents real footage from the 2009 crisis in Peru, in which 23 Peruvian police officers were killed and over 100 indigenous activists were injured or killed in protests. The violence was precipitated by a free trade agreement with the United States that threatened exploitation of Amazonian land. This year's festival kicks off with a keynote address from environmental and native women's rights activist Winona LaDuke, and also features LaDuke in conversation with Wisconsin based Native American activists. Patty Loew, a UW doctoral alumna and Northwestern University journalism professor, will moderate the discussion. All of the screenings are free and unticketed. See the full film schedule and locations here—Erica Motz

Earlier Event: November 2
Ex Nuns, Twelves, Sex Scenes
Later Event: November 3
Ex Libris (free)