Environmental/Racial Justice Films in Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival, April 13 – 18, 2021

The Princeton Public Library’s 15th Annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival begins next Tuesday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. The films will be available on demand through Sunday April 18.

The following films touch on Environmental/Racial Justice.
 
Ophir (97 minutes)
Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land, and culture leading up to the potential creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture, and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since WWII, revealing the invisible chains of colonization and its enduring circles of physical and psychological warfare.
 
Three indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands fight to protect their water from diversion and contamination amid a national water crisis. The government has consistently supported the expansion of mining and granted miners unrestricted water access. Uma, the Aymara word for water, takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro, and the vanished Lake Poopó. It is a women’s story of displacement, resistance, and struggle for environmental justice.
 
Inhabitants (76 minutes)
Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices For millenia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains and prairies, 
 
Acasa, My Home (86 minutes)
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family lived in perfect harmony with nature for two decades, sleeping in a hut on the lakeshore, catching fish barehanded, and following the rhythm of the seasons. When this area is transformed into a public national park, they are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms. As the family struggles to conform to modern civilization and maintain their connection to each other and themselves, they each begin to question their place in the world and what their future might be. With their roots in the wilderness, the nine children and their parents struggle to find a way to keep their family united in the concrete jungle. With an empathetic and cinematic eye, filmmaker Radu Ciorniciuc offers viewers, in his feature debut, a compelling tale of an impoverished family living on the fringes of society in Romania, fighting for acceptance and their own version of freedom.
 
AND A Hyper local film:
Observatory (11 minutes)
Discover a delightful secret world, right in Princeton.

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