ONLINE EVENT: Screening of L'eau est la Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp
This film and presentation by the filmmaker will be conducted online via a Zoom meeting due to the coronavirus situation. The meeting link will be sent out, with instructions, shortly before the event date. To receive it, register with your email address at the red register button in the event listing, or at tinyurl.com/WaterisLifeRSVP.
If you would like to submit a question for consideration to be addressed by Sam Vinal in the Q&A session ahead of time, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Water is Life question" in the subject. Thank you.
With filmmaker Sam Vinal, for film commentary and Q&A.
L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP follows water protector Cherri Foytlin as she leads us on a no nonsense journey of Indigenous resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP) in the swamps of Louisiana. At the film’s opening, viewers are introduced to the Atchafalaya Basin, which was once a Maroon colony--a critical hub of Indigenous and black resistance. Cherri recounts her first-hand experience with the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil spill and how it devastated a local crawfisher man and his way of life. This event caused Cherri to take a hard look in the mirror and ask herself--how did I contribute to this and what can I do to change it? It’s in that moment that the fire of resistance is ignited and Cherri’s life takes a sharp turn. This seed grows into the L’eau Est La Vie Indigenous resistance camp led by a council of Indigenous women, including Cherri Foytlin and Anne White Hat. As the documentary unfolds, we get an on the ground glimpse into the 100+ non-violent direct actions that laid the base for the strongest resistance in Louisiana history.
RSVP at tinyurl.com/WaterisLifeRSVP
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Biology Department, the BC Global Health program, and the Sociology Department.
Part of BC's Green Week.
Run time: 24 minutes
Light refreshments to be served.
Thursday, April 16 at 6:00pm