November  2009

Hall Schedule: 
1    Activist Events:  2
  Hall Calendar: 
 Study Groups: 
5    Special Days:  6,  7,  8

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Films  of  Fact  and  Life






the Environment


Presented by

Florence Windfall


Each evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 
7:30 pm,  followed by a discussion at the end of the film.



Wednesday,  November  4  at 7:30 pm
Work and Time


What is work?  Why is it important?  What's changed about work in our globalized, corporatized world?  Why are we overworked, under-worked, or out of work?  Why don't we have enough time for the things we say are most important in our lives?  What are we "saving time" for anyway?  This documentary examines work and time as intertwined problems in our fast-forward lives and why it has become increasingly harder to find balance.  Jeremy Rifkin, Matthew Fox, Paul Hawken, Barbara Moses, Sally Lerner, Stewart Brand, and "El Vez," the Mexican Elvis impersonator, are some of the people who offer ideas on what work and time mean and how we can get to a more equitable place in our lives.






Wednesday,  November  11  at 7:30 pm
How to Save the World

One man one cow one planet


This relatively new documentary, 2008, explores the revolution in food production called "biodynamic farming."  At first glance the task of saving the world appears to have fallen on an unlikely candidate.  Peter Proctor is 80 years old but has single handedly spearheaded his farming movement in India.  It has literally altered that vast nationís agricultural landscape.  Peter is a latter day Johnny Appleseed;  he takes his solution to one farm at a time.  He has traveled all over the world teaching farmers how to create better food by creating better soil.  He is rather a biodynamic phenomenon in his own right and finds it difficult to find people half his age able to keep up with him.  This farming revolution is over 100 years in the making.  The true father of biodynamic farming, Rudolph Steiner (also the founder of the Waldorf school) was born in 1861.  It is Steinerís principles that Peter dusted off and applied in the Indian subcontinent.  The film also examines where our own American food comes from and how much autonomy we have sacrificed at the altar of convenience.  We seem not to have a problem with buying food products rather than food.  The choice to be made is whether to have giant agribusinesses decide what we eat -- and live with chronic disease -- or to grow and eat our own food and be healthy.  Peter Proctor has helped thousands of farmers not by railing against the problem but by living the solution.





Wednesday,  November  18  at 7:30 pm

David Brower's Fight for Wild America

From the moment
David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he fought to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.  The story of a true American legend, this documentary documents the life of this outdoorsperson, filmmaker, and environmental crusader whose fiery dedication not only saved the Grand Canyon but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.  At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed David throughout his life
:  the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders.  Seen through Davidís own eyes -- he was an accomplished filmmaker and his stunning footage is included here -- a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming up, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we have failed to protect.  And in period footage of Davidís early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the Tenth Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps), Daivd Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.





Wednesday,  November  25  at 7:30 pm
In Grave Danger of Falling Food

This film tells the permaculture story with verve and imagination.  Watch
Bill Mollison loping through Australian suburbs, planting hazelnuts guerilla fashion.  Permaculture is a bit of everything.  To some people it is architecture, to others, organic farming
;  some say it is a philosophy and a way of life, others believe it is their only hope.  Permaculture is a design system, but the engineering principles it follows are those of life.  Bill Mollison looks at the natural processes of the Earth as a system that is stable and fertile, yet becomes ever more complex.  He believes our human environment should be brought back to this state.  In this film, he shares his deep understanding of nature and how a stable permaculture system can supply all our needs while we embrace and enrich nature.  He says permaculture will work anywhere.  All you have to do is plant.  Permaculture is a connecting system involving many different disciplines agriculture, architecture, power supply, and more.  You can grow a garden in a few weeks that will grow you vegetables and timber for your whole life.





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