Planet in Focus Film Festival launches on a note of resistance with the world premiere of Chanda Chevannes’ UNFRACTURED at The Royal Cinema in Toronto 6:30pm, a film that follows activist Sandra Steingraber and her community’s fight to keep the fracking industry out of their town. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chevannes, Steingraber, and the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, Joanna Kerr.
Use your ticket from opening night to get into the after party at Revival Bar, sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing. Entry comes with one FREE drink and complimentary horderves.
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.