Environmental Justice Panel Discussion & Film Festival

Thursday, April 21, 2022
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Arts & Entertainment
Veronica Cianfrano
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Environmental Justice Panel Discussion and Film Festival

Y Chapel, UCO Main Campus 

Panel Discussion- 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Moderator: Dr. Alyssa Provencio

Panelists: Guillermo Martinez Sotelo, Cheyenne Branscum, and LaTasha Timberlake.


Film Screening: Y Chapel, 6:30-9:30 p.m.


 Urban Roots (https://www.collectiveeye.org/products/urban-roots?_pos=1&_sid=30f0efb5c&_ss=r), Directed by Leila Conners, Mathew Schmid, 2018, 93 min.

 A documentary that tells the story of the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in the city of Detroit. Urban Roots shows dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people – as in much of the county – have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast-food chains, mini-marts, and grocery stores stocked with processed food from thousands of miles away. It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it’s taken a bunch of strong-willed self-taught urban farmers to save it. 


 Return to Foretop's Father (https://www.productionhub.com/video/76541/return-to-foretops-father-pbs-promo)Directed by Preston Randolph, 2021, 26 min.

 A Native American elder travels from the reservation to a sacred landmark and conducts a historic pipe ceremony to bring awareness to climate change and the negative impacts resulting from the disconnect between nature and modern culture.


 Watershed (https://www.collectiveeye.org/collections/environmental-studies/products/watershed-educational), Directed by Mark Decena, 2012, 57 min

 Watershed tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water? As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation, and energy generation, struggling to support thirty million people. WATERSHED introduces a hope that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.


 Connection (https://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/festival/films-2020-view/connection), Directed by Ciara Lacy, 2021, 9 min.

 A lifelong angler, Autumn Harry had never fished beyond the waters of her reservation — until she picked up a fly rod. On a trip to Washington to cast for steelhead, she unpacks what it means to overcome her own image of who is a fly fisher and uses the sport to fight for conservation.


 Images and screening rights courtesy Collective Eye Films 

Image still from Urban Roots documentary
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