This clear-cut of coniferous boreal forest to prepare for a tar sand strip-mine has reduced indigenous people’s traditional hunting grounds in Alberta, Canada.
This clear-cut of coniferous boreal forest to prepare for a tar sand strip-mine has reduced indigenous people’s traditional hunting grounds in Alberta, Canada.

“Profit and Loss” is the second of a four-part documentary, “Standing on Sacred Ground,” in which indigenous people around the world resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.  It will be shown at the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room on Thursday (Aug. 18) 3:30 p.m.

This film exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a Chinese nickel mine that violently relocated villagers to taboo land is building a new pipeline and refinery, and dumping mining waste into the sea.

In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds—one of the last remaining stretches of coniferous boreal forest—are clear-but and strip-mined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Rare scenes of tribal life and intimate interviews allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption. 

“Standing on Sacred Ground” was a film project of the Earth Island Institute. It is the legacy of David Brower, who helped define the modern environmental movement. The documentary was shown at the Sedona Film Festival in December 2015.  

It was part of 15 days of local “Climate Care Awareness” events, held in conjunction with the global actions surrounding the December UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

The series will conclude with: “Fire and Ice” (Ethiopia/Peru) on Aug. 25; and “Islands of Sanctuary” (Hawai’i/Australia) on Sept. 1.  Each will be shown at the same location, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The series has received world-wide attention and praise. Anthropologist Peter Nabokov, a UCLA professor and author, writes: “Nothing like this riveting series of four desperately urgent films about the fate of our planet has ever been seen on television.”

Written by Marcia Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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