The organizing committee of the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes in cooperation

with Cultures of Resistance  present: "Environment, Self-Determination, and Food Sovereignty"

                                            November 29th 2020

Throughout the global South, local communities are grappling with the legacies of colonialism and fashioning methods for pursuing true self-determination. Here, we present two films from two different regions that show different approaches to these challenges. The first film, WANTOKS: dance of resilience in Melanesia, is set in the South Pacific and shows people dealing with questions of colonial rule and climate change. The second film, BURKINABÉ BOUNTY: agroecology in Burkina Faso, highlights communities dealing with the related struggle for food sovereignty and trying to reclaim their land and traditions against the encroachment of corporate agriculture. As the world faces the growing threat of climate change, it is incredibly important that we elevate these local responses from people on the frontlines and take lessons from the global South. 

 

 

"Burkinabe Bounty: agroecology in Burkina Faso" directed by Iara Lee (Cultures Of Resistance Films)

 

This documentary chronicles agricultural resistance and the fight for food sovereignty in Burkina Faso --a small, landlocked country in West Africa. Showcasing activist farmers, students, artists, and leaders in the local Slow Food movement, the film looks at how the Burkinabé people are reclaiming their land and defending their traditions against the encroachment of corporate agribusiness. From women gaining economic independence by selling artisanal "dolo" beer, to youth marching in the streets against companies like Monsanto, to hip-hop musicians setting up their own farms and reviving the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara through their music, BURKINABÈ BOUNTY shows the creative tactics people are using to take back control of their food, seeds, and future.

'WANTOKS: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia', directed by Iara Lee (Cultures Of Resistance Films)

In 2018, the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, hosted the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival, celebrating the country's fortieth anniversary of independence. On neighboring island states, the struggle for freedom continues, as West Papua resists Indonesian occupation and the residents of New Caledonia still live under French rule. In all Melanesian countries, residents face the common challenge of climate change, as rising sea levels threaten to swallow both land and tradition. In this charged context, captivating performers are using their talents to celebrate local culture and draw international attention to their islands' plight, with the hope of spurring international solidarity and prompting collective action against the perils of a warming world

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Featuring striking footage from the South Pacific islands, WANTOKS: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia, profiles the artists and activists who are fighting for self-determination while trying to defend their homes against the rising sea

Speakers

Raki Ap - Originally from West Papua; based in the Netherlands.  Is the current Spokesperson for the Free West Papua Campaign: very active as an international campaigner and speaker, especially in relation to indigenous rights and how they relate to ecological stewardship.  

Connor Woodman is a researcher and writer who currently works as Executive Assistant to the Chair of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda. He has written on West Papua for the New Internationalist, New Naratif, Novara Media and other outlets, and is currently writing an article for the International Journal of Human Rights on West Papua's anti-colonial struggle. He can be contacted on gabrielalapu@protonmail.com.

WANTOKS

Burkinabe Bounty