North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival

Just in time to honor the true spirit of Earth Day, the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival presents a slate of grassroots media projects with the lofty goal of changing the world. From April 21 through May 5, a series of online screenings, presentations and workshops will highlight the struggles of “ordinary” people from Cohoes, NY to Arica, Chile who are confronting corporate polluters and seizing control of their own destinies. Organized by The Sanctuary for Independent Media, the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival honors the epic struggle against multinational capitalism by working people with everything to lose and nothing to gain but what they already have: health, home and happiness.

April 21 “Local Media/Local Voices: The Struggle for Clean Air in the Hudson Mohawk Region” [films and panel]
April 25 “Arica: A Toxic Waste Scandal” with “Our Soil” [film and panel]
April 30 “Echoes from Lock One” with filmmaker Q&A in collaboration with North Dakota Environmental Film Festival [film and panel]
May 5 “Witness to the Future” 25th anniversary screening [film]

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The North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival takes place online and is free of charge. Registration is required.

In the words of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

Those are the words, we are living the reality. A year of the pandemic has proven what everyone knows: working class and communities of color are far more vulnerable to the effects of toxic pollution than the general population. We knew it, the pandemic proved it–what are we going to do about it?

The North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival tells the stories of people working to make a change against seemingly insurmountable odds.

This event is produced by The Sanctuary for Independent Media and sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.