Chatham University will highlight leaders in sustainability and environmentalism during their latest spring Falk School of Sustainability & Environment speaker series. As part of the lineup, the school will feature two documentaries. See schedule and details below:
A self-described “steward of the earth,” Nance Klehm has built a reputation among environmentalists as an ecological systems designer, a permacultural grower, a horticultural consultant, and a teacher and speaker. Weedeater trots alongside Klehm through various landscapes, gathering together a collection of her thoughts and philosophies on everything from wild, uncultivated weeds to human waste composting to soil. The film attempts to sketch Klehm’s character as well as reflect the depth and complexity of her intimate relationship with the earth and all of its inhabitants.
Includes a talk by Klehm.
Power of One Voice
The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson examines Carson’s legacy and the continuing implications of her environmental work. The documentary pulls insights from a variety of speakers at the 50th-anniversary celebration of her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring.
Includes a discussion with Patti DeMarco, former director of Chatham’s Rachel Carson Institute.
Both events take place at the Esther Barazzone Center on Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus.
Last month, four organizations – the Chatham University Women’s Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation, and the Women’s Law Project – launched Just Films. The series includes ten documentaries covering a wide range of issues such as immigration, human trafficking, trans families, and paid leave. Many of the films were made by women and will screen in Pittsburgh for the first time.
On October 27th, Just Films welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker for the Pittsburgh premiere of Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.
Directed by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read, and narrated by Walker, the documentary depicts the Candomblé religion in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant culture which evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans. Elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded in strong community, and Earth-based wisdom and practice.
Walker will participate in a post-screening panel along with Roberts and Candomblé priestess Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding. Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman, president of The Association of Black Psychologists, will serve as moderator.
All Just Films events are free and open to the public. The series will continue through June 2017.
The Sembéne Film & Arts Festival partnered with Chatham University‘s Global Focus Program to co-present six screenings as part of the Program’s Environmental Justice Film Series. On October 4th, the event will spotlight Bitter Seeds, a documentary about a mounting agricultural and humanitarian crisis in India.
The final film in Micha X. Peled‘s Globalization Trilogy examines th epidemic of suicides among India’s cotton farmers, which has claimed over a quarter million lives. Ram Krishna, a cotton farmer at the epicenter of the suicide crisis region, is struggling to keep his land. Manjusha, the neighbors’ daughter, is determined to overcome village traditions and become a journalist. Krishna’s plight becomes her first assignment.
The Bitter Seeds Environmental Justice Film Series screening will take place at 6 p.m. at Chatham’s Sanger Lecture Hall. Admission is free. Pizza and popcorn are provided.
On Nov. 14th, Chatham University and the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) will present Just Gender, a film that explores diversity within the transgender community, as well as the depth of transgender experience in day-to-day living.
The documentary from director George Zuber serves as a comprehensive look at alternative gender identity and gender expression, and as a passionate cry for social justice for those affected by this long-misunderstood condition. Featuring dozens of personal stories from transgender citizens, Just Gender provides a substantial journey into the wide spectrum of experiences and situations that make up this community, from cross-dressers to those who undergo sexual reassignment surgery, from childhood to adulthood, from family life to work, to marriage to social life. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth.
Just Gender screens at 7 p.m. in Chatham’s Eddy Theater. A panel discussion will follow. The GLCC will also accept toiletry donations for its homeless services for LGBT youth and adults. Admission is free.