“Belo Monte: After the Flood”—Canada Water Week Film Screening & Panel Discussion
DATE: Thursday, March 23rd
TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: University of Victoria, Human and Social Development Building, room A240 (next to the Hickman Building)
Join us this Canada Water Week for a film screening and panel discussion exploring the effects of large-scale energy projects on communities in Brazil and Canada.
Directed by award-winning environmental documentarian Todd Southgate and produced in collaboration with Amazon Watch, International Rivers, and Cultures of Resistance, Belo Monte: After the Flood brings us to the shores of the Xingu River in the heart of the Amazon. There, we hear the stories of indigenous community members and their decades-long fight against the multi-billion-dollar Belo Monte hydroelectric project. Amidst government corruption, environmental degradation, and neglected mitigation measures, this film shows how community members have taken matters into their own hands to fight for the protection of their waterways.
Following the film, we’ll be joined by leading aboriginal law expert Merrell-Ann Phare (Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources & Member, FLOW), Michael Miltenberger (former MLA and Northwest Territories Minister of the Environment & Member, FLOW), and Michele-Lee Moore (Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria & Founder, Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab). They will lead a discussion on how the struggles of Brazil’s indigenous peoples parallel those of First Nations here in Canada, and the opportunities present in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This event is being co-hosted by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and the Water, Innovation, and Global Governance (WIGG) Lab, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies.
RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated. Contact Dana Holtby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-721-7211.