OPENING NIGHT GALA & RECEPTION

Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Royal Cinema
6:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:00 PM)

Co-presented by: Greenpeace Canada

Opening Night Party to follow at Revival Bar, sponsored by: Steam Whistle Brewing

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Chanda Chevannes Canada/USA/Romania | 2017 | Documentary | 93 min | PG | canleaf_small

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Scientist, writer, cancer survivor and long-time eco-activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber is the subject of Chanda Chevannes’ uplifting film Unfractured. A resident of upstate New York, where she has taught at Cornell University and Ithaca College, Steingraber’s focus has been on getting governments to outlaw fracking. Chevannes follows her as she makes speeches, plans strategy with other activists and gets arrested protesting “the industrialization of the Finger Lakes.” At the same time, the film shows her dealing with husband and artist Jeff de Castro, who is suffering from a series of disabling strokes, and their two children. A humanist and brilliant multi-tasker, she remains fiercely committed to her cause. At its heart, the film is about Steingraber’s role in this landmark battle as she navigates her way through hope, despair, shock, and—ultimately—joy. 

Trailer


Chanda Chevannes - Director


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Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way. Chanda’s most recent film was Living Downstream, an award-winning documentary that was broadcast on six continents and seen by four million people. She has authored several educational resources, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column for Troy Media. Chanda trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, leading filmmaking workshops in the city’s underserved communities. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Special Guests


Chanda Chevannes

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Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way. Chanda’s most recent film was Living Downstream, an award-winning documentary that was broadcast on six continents and seen by four million people. She has authored several educational resources, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column for Troy Media. Chanda trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, leading filmmaking workshops in the city’s underserved communities. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber

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Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted for the screen in 2010. As both book and documentary film, Living Downstream has won praise from international media.

Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s books, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, explore the intimate ecology of pregnancy and reveal the ways which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant and child development. Throughout, she calls parents and cancer patients alike to political action.

“We are all members of a great human orchestra,” says Steingraber, “and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony. You do not have to play a solo, but you do have to know what instrument you hold and find your place in the score.” Read More

Joanna Kerr

Portrait of Joanna Kerr in front of the Rainbow Warrior in Vancouver, British Columbia. Joanna Kerr is a native of Toronto, she holds a Bachelor degree in African Studies from the University of Toronto and has a Masters in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex.

Joanna Kerr is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, part of a global network working to stop climate change, protect precious biodiversity and advance Indigenous rights. A lifelong feminist and activist, Joanna previously served as the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. There, she led an organization- wide strategy that put climate resilient sustainable agriculture and women’s rights at the core of its work. Before that, she led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and feminist campaigners, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada and the North- South Institute, where she wrote and edited numerous publications on women’s rights, development and globalization. She currently serves on the Board of CIVICUS and is the Chair for the MATCH International Women’s Fund.