A healthy environment needs well trained, knowledgeable citizens who live in a way that protects the planet for future generations. This collection of environmentally- themed films aims to help students make meaningful connections with nature in their backyard, their community and around the world. The films aim to increase student awareness of the need for conservation, sustainability and healthy living practices; to encourage them to become creative problem solvers and responsible stewards of the environment. Ages 11-13
Thursday January 19 | Afternoon Program (12:15-2:15) | Showplace
Here is a selection of the films that will be played in this program. Additional films may be added as they are confirmed. Please note: the program is not set in stone. Changes often need to be made due to last minute technical difficulties or time constraints.
AWASKINAWASON (The Children of the Earth)
Awaskinawason is made up of the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (earth) and takonawason (having the responsibility for). An animated short calling on us to respect the great circle of life.
Dreams of Electric City
A visual meditation on Peterborough’s people, landscape, and communityWith stop-motion techniques and found objects, a local filmmaker guides a kaleidoscopic tour of Peterborough’s urban and natural landscapes. This film is a kinetic collage and a visual meditation on the city’s shining lights and dark crevasses.
Man and water one element. He roams the city streets, forests and trails, up to the source, the Element
Home to Me
Song written, recorded and filmed in Grassy Narrows First Nation.
Leon and Jan – Young Farmers
Man Belongs to Earth
This animation made in the traditional technique of pencil drawing on paper and digital montage illustrates the disastrous consequences and reasons for climate change as man is passively watching all the disasters passing by him.
Microworld in a Balcony
The beauty of bugs … up close – in colour and constant motion
In everyday life, millions of bugs are in action all around us, all the time — but we rarely see them. In this vibrant and intimate short, powerful camera lenses reveal a dynamic hidden universe on an urban balcony. Explore the constant motion and the infinite textures, shapes, and colours of surprisingly diverse and complex critters.
This animated short film is a stylistic and lively story of the profound effect of climate change on the people and wildlife of the Arctic. Northern communities provide authenticity to the story of climate change because they are experiencing its impacts now, not in some distant future. Temperature changes, unrivalled anywhere else on the planet, have significantly impacted the wildlife sustaining the Gwich’in First Nation and other northern communities. This film tells the true story of Norma, a Gwich’in woman who has experience dramatic changes in her way of life in just a few decades.
“Shadow Reef” is a documentary short film about the beauty of our oceans and marine ecosystems in peril, narrated by a 13-year old boy, who CARES about our oceans and wildlife. The future of our oceans is in OUR hands, our responsibility to conserve and restore for our CHILDREN, before it’s too late. We need to defend our oceans because without them, life on Earth cannot exist. NOW is the time for action, to create awareness, to show our children that worldwide protection is needed for our coral reefs to survive. “The ocean matters to me, and it should matter to you TOO” –Bryce
Sounds of Nature
Tere lives in the small village of Agua Blanca, where she and many inhabitants are part of a group of people that are helping reforest the place where they live. This is their story.
The Battle of Holland Island House
The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.
The Grandfather Drum
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, a grandfather builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people from sickness.
This unique animation follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered for it’s healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River. Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin builds a healing drum given to him in a dream that can restore life. However, Christianity and government have other plans that disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.
Tonight is for the Trees
A video of a poem by local poet, Sasha Patterson
Way of Giants
In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.