Film screening of Standing on Sacred Ground: Islands of Sanctuary with filmmakers Toby McLeod and Jessica Abbe, in conversation with Alison Owings, author of Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans, in the Central Library's 3rd Floor Community Meeting Room. In this four-part documentary series, narrated by Graham Greene, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land––and government megaprojects, consumer culture, competing religions, resource extraction, and climate change.
The episode shown at this event, Islands of Sanctuary, focuses on the efforts of Native Hawaiians to restore the island of Kaho‘olawe after 50 years of military use as a weapons testing range and of Aboriginal Australians to resist the destructive effects of a mining boom. The discussion after the screening will be led by author and oral historian Alison Owings, who was an honored author at the 2013 BPLF Authors Dinner.
This film screening and discussion is sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation. The Foundation thanks Toby McLeod and Jessica Abbe of Sacred Land Film Project, and Alison Owings for making this event possible.