Wednesday Nov 07 01:00 PM
Wednesday Nov 07 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL THEME:
Justice and the Environment: A Human Rights Perspective on Saving Our Planet
Guest speaker (7:30pm screening): Robert D. Harris, Director of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Sierra Club
Directed by Beth and George Gage, USA, 2012, 73 mins, Hawaii Premiere
In 2009, Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher derailed a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in Utah—a stunning act of civil disobedience for which he was indicted on two federal charges, despite the fact that the auction was later declared illegal. Tim’s case has drawn national attention to America’s energy policy and criticism to the BLM’s management of public lands. Bidder 70 is Tim’s story: his actions, his trial and his prison sentence. It is also the story of the scientists, activists, writers, and movements that influence and support his actions.
See the trailer.
Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery - TRUST Colorado (short)
Directors: Kelly Matheson & Christi Cooper-Kuhn, USA, 2011, 7 mins
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an 11-year-old boy from Boulder who loves playing in Colorado’s mountains, forests, lakes and streams and fears that climate change will alter them forever. This short is part of a series of documentaries featuring the voices of daring youth from across the country who are taking part in the TRUST Campaign by going to court to compel the government to protect our atmosphere. Special thanks to WITNESS for providing this film
Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery - TRUST Arizona (short)
Directed by Kelly Matheson, Sean Solowiej & Christi Cooper-Kuhn, USA, 2011, 7 mins
Meet Jaime Lynn Butler, an 11-year-old Navajo artist who lives under the soaring azure skies of the American Southwest, where the intensifying effects of climate change have made drought the new normal. In turn, the oasis-based communities are being driven toward the brink of a Dust-Bowl-scale catastrophe. With Jaime’s world literally drying up around her, she has not only taken her plea to court, she is also taking her story straight to President Obama, hoping he will answer the call of our youth. Special thanks to WITNESS for providing this film.
Robert D. Harris is the Director of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is Hawai`i's largest grassroots environmental advocacy group, and is composed of four island Sierra Club groups and two statewide activity sections: the High School Hikers program and the Hawai‘i Service Trip Program.
Robert, who grew up in Kailua, Hawai‘i, and graduated from Kalaheo High School, has a B.A. in Chemistry/Environmental Science and a J.D. from the University of Hawai‘i. Robert is passionate about smart growth policies, and represented Defend Oahu Coalition in the effort to protect Turtle Bay and is currently litigating a large urban development project at Koa Ridge.