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Environmental Justice Film Series

January 28, 2008

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Western Illinois University's Center for Innovation and Technology (CITR) will present an Environmental Justice Film Series throughout the 2008 Spring semester on the Macomb and Quad City campuses. Films on the Macomb campus will be shown in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.

"The Shape of Water," a documentary film that intertwines the stories of five women living in Senegal, Brazil, India and Jerusalem, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The women abandon female genital mutilation; tap for rubber to protect the rainforest; protect the biodiversity of the planet; and oppose military occupations. It is directed by Kum-Kum Bhavani; running time is 70 minutes.

The film series kicked off Jan. 23 with "In the Light of Reverence," which examines three separate stories of Native American land-use conflicts.

"Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot," a documentary directed by Shelley Wine, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. This film tells the story of a small group of dedicated women activists, aged 8 to 82 years old. They came together to protest the clear cutting of the local rainforest and eventually found themselves in the middle of the largest civil disobedience action in Canadian history, the battle to save Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. Running time is 86 minutes.

The series will conclude with "Blowpipes and Bulldozers" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. This is the moving story of the Penan, a unique tribe of rainforest nomads living in Sarawak, Borneo in Malaysia that is being logged out of existence. A Swiss man, Bruno Manser, spent five years living with the Penan people in the jungle, completely adapting his lifestyle to theirs. He helped organize their resistance and publicize their plight; now he is wanted by the Malaysian government. This film is directed by Jeni Kendell and Paul Tait; running time is 60 minutes.

"Radioactive Reservations" will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 29 at Western's Quad City campus, room 113; "Bulls***" will be shown from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the Quad City campus, room 102AB.

Immediately following each film, a faculty member will facilitate a discussion. All films are open free to the public.

The Environmental Justice Film Series is sponsored by the CITR, Multicultural Programming and the University Theme Committee. For more information on the film series, visit

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