We Can't Eat Gold, Walking With Heroes, and Harvesting the Wind
WE CAN'T EAT GOLD (Joshua Tucker, 45 min.)
We Can't Eat Gold documents the subsistence ways of life of Alaska Native peoples living in Bristol Bay Alaska, the region where the worlds largest gold mine, and North America's largest open pit mine. - the Pebble Mine - is being proposed, at the headwaters of the most productive salmon spawning streams in the world.
Traveling off the road system in small boats, the film explores how Alaska Native Villages have lived symbiotically with the salmon and other wildlife for over ten thousand years. The film goes on the water as families take us around the region to fish for salmon and learn about their need to able to live their subsistence way of life in a place where orange juice costs $16.99 per half gallon at the store.
Watching families prepare and smoke salmon traditionally and traveling with elders and tribal leaders as they explain the impacts the exploration of Pebble Mine has already had on King Salmon and Caribou populations, Alaska Natives are given unprecedented opportunities to share their traditional ecological knowledge in the context of one of the major environmental issues of our time.
The Pebble Partnership, (Anglo- American and Northern Dynasty) plans to file for final mining permits in mid 2013, bringing to a head a major conflict that has been griping Alaska for more than a decade. We Can't Eat Gold, for the first time, gives Alaska Native perspectives on the mine center stage, making space for them to share their stories amidst Alaska's breathtaking landscape.
A Q&A session with the director and tribal elders will be held after the film.
WALKING WITH HEROES (Christy X, 9 min.)
Since 2006, Heroes for the Homeless has provided emergency services to the most vulnerable of the homeless- individuals living outdoors without organized shelter. This film showcases the Heroes team in action, as they serve homeless people with compassion, love and support, on the frontlines of Seattle, WA.
HARVEST WIND (Rustin Thompson, 27 min.)
The inspiring story of how a major energy utility in Washington State worked at a grassroots level with a small, economically distressed county to create one of the largest wind producing facilities in the west, a project that brought together conservatives and environmentalists to create jobs, new income and clean, renewable wind energy.
Rainier Valley Cultural Center (View)
3515 S Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118