Earth Charter Film Festival

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents its second Earth Charter Film Festival as a prelude to its 2014 Earth Charter Community Summit, co­sponsored by the Ventura College International Studies Program.

Each film exemplifies principles of the Earth Charter.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
Admission FREE.


3:00 pm – ­4:00 pm:   Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexican Border
40 minutes with 20 minute discussion

Video of a play performed by the Drama Department of St. Bonaventure High School.
The Line in the Sand by Jared Delaney, Gina Pisasale, Baird Kistner and Elizabeth
Pool uses the power of theater to tell the personal stories of people affected by
US/Mexico border migration. Through a collection of monologues and photos,
audiences are exposed to a variety of points of view on this complex and critical issue.  A student actor from the Drama Department will be present to participate in the discussion.  This video exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of Social and Economic Justice.

4:00­ pm – 5:00 pm:  Ground Operations: Battlefield to Farmfield
40 minutes with 20 minute discussion
Ground Operations follows an ensemble of young men and women who tell us why they joined the
military, how the war changed them, how they’ve struggled to return home and ultimately, how they
found organic farming and ranching to be the answer to a dream. In a world full of problems,
Ground Operations is a story about solutions. A film by Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer of Ojai.   This film exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of  Respect and Care for the Community of Life,Filmmaker Dulanie Ellis will lead the discussion.

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5:00­ pm – 7:00 pm: Damnation
87 minutes with 30 minute discussion
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.  This video exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of Ecological Integrity.


7:00­ pm – 8:00 pm: Legalize Democracy
30 minutes with 30 minute discussion
This documentary from Move to Amend sets out the historical timelines of the Supreme Court
cases that shaped the doctrine of “corporate personhood”, the rights guaranteed by amendments fought for by people’s movements, and the intersection of law and culture that codified and created discrimination based on race.  Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech and can be regulated in political campaigns.        Bill Haff, chair of the Ojai chapter of Move to Amend will lead the discussion.


8:00­ pm – 9:00 pm: (3 minutes)  Chipotle Pictures: The Nuclear Genie and The Myth of Nuclear
Deterrence (5 minutes) with conversation to follow
Two award­-winning shorts by Erik Choquette.                    The Nuclear Genie uses inventive graphics to connect nuclear weapons history with a way to “get the genie back in the bottle” through public participation.  The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence shows that relying on nuclear deterrence is extremely dangerousand that, in fact, the only way for us to be safe from a nuclear attack is to abolish all nuclear weapons.

The last films exemplify the principle of Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace.

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