Vic Film Fest Zaynê Akyol and Peter Svatek, Tayler Staneff and the Save Movement

Two filmmakers with their works included in the 2017 Victoria Film Festival:

Zaynê Akyol’s film Gulîstan, Land of Roses travels deep into the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan where armed female guerillas from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) defend Kurdish territory against ISIS. By offering a window into this largely unknown world, the film exposes the hidden feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom.

Peter Svatek, writer and director of Theatre of Life, talks about the Refettorio Ambrosiano, an extraordinary soup kitchen conceived by renowned chef Massimo Bottura during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair. Massimo invited 60 of the world’s best chefs to join him to cook food for refugees and the homeless of Milan using uncooked waste food thrown out by Expo.

Tayler Staneff is the Former Operations Manager with Mercy for Animals Canada and her PhD research examines, among other things, “the human-animal relationship involved with industrial animal agriculture in Canada, and … illustrates the failures of the current legal system. My work assesses the blatant speciesism within our legal system and how this legalized animal exploitation also leads to the repression of those speaking out on the behalf of animals.” Tayler Staneff holds a MA in Critical Sociology and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Brock University. She is currently volunteering her time to help change the world for animals through the Save Movement.

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Victoria Film Festival 2017

The Victoria Film Festival offers a diverse selection of Canadian, Indigenous, and International films produced by independent media artists.  It’s in Victoria February 3-12th 2017.

Programmer Donovan Aikman tells us about the festival and some of what goes on behind the scenes.

Also, film directors Jeremy Lutter (The Hollow Child) and Trevor Meier (A New Economy) talk about the process of filmmaking and why film festivals are so important for independent filmmakers.

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Ancient Forest Alliance and Ken Wu, Sierra Club and Green Jobs with Tim Pearson

Ken Wu is one of the founders of the Ancient Forest Alliance which believes that, “for the sake of future generations, we need to make the transition into a second-growth, value-added forest industry soon, BEFORE we eliminate the remaining unprotected old-growth forests. By logging second-growth stands at a slower, more sustainable rate of cut, and manufacturing more wood products here in BC – rather than increasing the export of raw logs to foreign mills – we can protect old-growth forests and sustain and create forestry jobs at the same time.”  Ken talks about forests, why we should care about protecting what’s left of the ancient ones, how doing so can boost local economies, and the AFA’s strategy for May’s provincial election.

Tim Pearson is a Director of Communications at the Sierra Club and his article, ‘Green Jobs BC: Working together toward a just transition,’ outlines a strategy to support workers, perhaps including a shift of the 3.3 billion dollar tax revenue that’s currently given to the profitable oil corporations, for a more sustainable future.  Tim’s working to establish relationships with a variety of different organizations, citizen groups, unions, etc.  Tim believes that, “to achieve long-acting solutions, we need to build a broad and sustainable political consensus on the need for action.  All of society needs to work together for a future that supports sustainable jobs in a healthy environment, a future that leaves no-one behind.

And, a “What in the World” update with Chris Cook from Gorilla Radio.

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Rod Coronado and Wolf Patrol, Chris Cook with a 2016 Year End Review

Wolf Patrol is a conservation movement based on principles of bio-centricity and cultural preservation.  Rod Coronado is formerly an advocate and activist with the Animal Liberation Front, a spokesperson for EarthFirst!, and a crew member with Sea Shepherd.  Rod explains the status of wolves throughout the USA and specifically in Wisconsin, and his law abiding efforts to work with government agencies and various organizations and individuals to protect wolves from hunters and ensure their right to exist.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio Wednesdays 1-2 pm at CFUV, and we chat about some of the stories that caught our interest us in 2016.

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Hearts on Noses, and Uxbridge Sanctuary and Organic Farm

Thanks to Animal Voices for permission to rebroadcast their interview with Mike Lanigan, cattle farmer turned farm sanctuary and organic vegetable farmer.  Mike was inspired by Edith Barabesh, a vegan employee who, over many years, quietly encouraged Mike to reconsider his life’s work.

Then, a chat with Janice Gillett from Hearts on Noses pig sanctuary in Mission BC.  Hearts on Noses was established in 1999 and now provides a home to more than 40 pigs including potbellied and full grown pigs who were destined to become food.

Also, a “What in the World” update from Chris Cook of Gorilla Radio.

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Earthsave’s David Steele, Amnesty International’s Craig Benjamin

Dr. David Steele is president of the non-profit Earthsave Canada, whose mission is to educate people about the health, ethical, and environmental impacts of their food and lifestyle choices.  David is a molecular biologist who retired from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in 2013, and he shares valuable information about the connection between animal agriculture and climate change.

For 15 years Craig Benjamin’s work with Amnesty International has included research and advocacy on critical issues including missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, access to basic services in reserve communities, and the social impacts of large scale resource development projects.  Amnesty International has declared December 10th a global day of action against the Site C Dam project slated for northern BC, and Craig tells us why.
And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

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Rallying for the Earth with Eric Lescarbeau, Think Like an Animal with Leora Eisen

Eric Lescarbeau is a Vancouver based organizer with the Peoples’ Climate Convergence and a member of the International Socialists.  He explains why thousands of people will be rallying and marching (hopefully peacefully!) in Vancouver this weekend, expressing their concern about the impacts of expanded oil and gas pipelines and tankers along the coast.

Leora Eisen is a documentary filmmaker who travelled the world documenting studies and stories of animal intelligence that helps identify each animal as an individual with its own personality.  Her latest project, “Think Like an Animal,” will air on CBC’s Nature of Things Thursday November 24th.
And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

 

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