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Letters From Home
The subjects of these documentaries live across the world from each other. Yet no matter where they call home, the ways in which they are deeply affected by the economic, environmental, and historic realities of the lands they live in illuminates the many shared challenges we face in our modern world.
The Eldest Son
(Amy Benson, Seattle, WA, 2017, 28 min)
In order to get his family out of debt, Kumar gambles on the promise of a migrant labor job in Malaysia. While he is away, an unexpected cataclysm makes his success all the more urgent.
Memory of the Peace
(Jean Parsons & Jennifer Chiu, Vancouver, BC, 2017, 25 min)
A young male oil worker, an Indigenous female, and a Dane-zaa drummer intersect in the historic oil-rush town of Fort St. John as they navigate the cyclical forces of industry, resource extraction and colonization that have shaped Canada for a century and a half.
Gentrification: The Real Impact of Development in Hilltop
(CHIMAERA and Brody Willis, Tacoma, WA, 2018, 29 min)
Pierce County youth of color work alongside experienced farm managers on Hilltop Urban Gardens Urban Farm Network located in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood on occupied Puyallup lands getting hands-on experience growing organic food, learning the medicinal properties of plants, connecting the wisdom of the Earth to the wisdom of Indigenous storytellers and contextualizing their understanding of food sovereignty.
Youth work with experienced teaching artists gaining meaningful skills in creating works of art that express their understanding of social justice concepts such as the impacts of gentrification and displacement and how to integrate this content into their creative practice and finished works.