Vision Maker Media is marking its 45th anniversary in 2021 with a yearlong celebration of free “commUNITY” events. In April, Vision Maker Media’s first environmental-themed program will acknowledge International Earth Day with a month-long community-themed online film streaming event, titled “commUNITY: Environment is Sacred,” and a panel discussion.
The April programs are free and open to the public but registration is required for the panel discussion. PBS and the Cherokee Nation Film Office are sponsors of Vision Maker Media’s 45th anniversary events.
“CommUNITY: Environment is Sacred” is a program of six films, featuring themes of water, energy, Indigenous food and health. The themes highlight important environmental issues that have a direct effect on Native lands and an Indigenous philosophy for the world to better understand. The films will be available April 1-30 for worldwide online streaming.
The six films include “Crying Earth Rise Up,” “Red Power Energy,” “Growing Native Northwest: Coast Salish,” “RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit,” “Rematriation Series: Joanne Shenandoah” and “The Seven Generation River.” For more information about the films and to register, visit Vision Maker Media’s website.
“The Indigenous Rights of Nature Movement,” a panel discussion in partnership with Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, will take place at 6 p.m April 20 via Zoom. The idea that a feature of nature, like a river, is a living being is nothing new to Indigenous and other traditional peoples around the world. While the Western philosophical system is underpinned by the idea that humans are separate from nature and in dominion over it, Indigenous philosophical systems tend to conceive of humans as a part of nature, and in relationship with nature.
“We are grateful for Vision Maker Media’s shared mission to amplify the stories and voices of Indigenous peoples for a better future,” says Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), director, Indigeneity Program, Bioneers. Find more information here.