Sedona AZ (April 11, 2016) – The Inspiration of Sedona is proud to present the Northern Arizona, encore premiere of Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary film series. See trailer: http://standingonsacredground.org/film-series/trailer. Part one will be shown during Earth Day weekend, on Sunday, April 24th, at 6:30 pm, at the Sedona Public Library, and will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with the director Toby McLeod. Subsequent films from the Sacred Ground series will be shown at the Church of the Red Rocks on Thursday, April 28th and May 12th, at 6:30 pm, with the final part four confirmed showing date and location TBD. There will be a discussion following each film screening.
Toby McLeod circled the globe for five years filming the Standing on Sacred Ground series. McLeod founded the Sacred Land Film Project, (www.sacredland.org), in 1984, to make high-impact documentary films relevant to indigenous communities and modern audiences. He has produced many award-winning documentary films. His first film was The Cracking of Glen Canyon Damn—with Edward Abbey and Earth First.
Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.
Narrated by Graham Greene, with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Q’orianka Kilcher, the series exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.
Pilgrims and Tourists: Around the world, indigenous communities stand in the way of government megaprojects. In the Russian Republic of Altai, traditional native people create their own mountain parks to rein in tourism and resist a gas pipeline that would cut through a World Heritage Site. In northern California, Winnemem Wintu girls grind herbs on a sacred medicine rock, as elders protest U.S. government plans to enlarge one of the West’s biggest dams and forever submerge this touchstone of a tribe.
This film is part of a number of Inspiration of Sedona events that will take place in April and May, in conjunction with Earth Day. These will include a major theatrical release of the film, Love Thy Nature, on Friday, April 22nd, at 3 pm, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. A Q&A and a nature-connected walk will follow with Dr. Sailesh Rao, Executive Director of Climate Healers (climatehealers.org), who is also the Co-Executive Producer of the film, Cowspiracy. This will be followed on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10am-3pm, by an afternoon of entertainment and education at the Sedona Recycles’ Earth Day Fair, and Dr. Rao will be there too. On Saturday, May 21st, at 7 pm, a free showing of Cowspiracy will take place in Brady Hall at Verde Valley School, with Co-Executive Producer, Dr. Sailesh Rao present for Q&A after the film.