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Rogue Climate Cinema Project Presents: Organizing Works!
January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST
Join the virtual film screenings on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
The Rogue Climate Cinema Project is kicking off the 2023 film screening series on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 PT on Zoom. Rogue Climate Cinema Project is a series of film screenings about climate justice, hosted in collaboration with Working Films. The first screening event, Organizing Works!, features two short films, Other Side of the Hill and On the Fenceline, which celebrate climate justice organizing wins for communities in Eastern Oregon and Philadelphia. There will also be a panel discussion with Rogue Climate about experiences organizing with local communities in the South Coast and Rogue Valley.
Short Film Descriptions
Other Side of the Hill: Other Side of the Hill explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, we amplify the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.
Where can East & West, Republicans & Democrats, find the common ground needed to address climate change? How can industry and environmentalists work hand in hand? And how can local economies find opportunity in a lower emissions future? Other Side of the Hill explores the actions already taking place, and gives voice to stories of progress & hope.
On the Fenceline: On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air is an urgent call for justice for Philadelphia’s low-income communities. After years of living on the fenceline of the east coast’s largest oil refinery and suffering from several critical health issues – including cancer, asthma, and COPD – residents have come together to stand up to CEOs and fight for their right to breathe.
On June 21, 2019, an explosion at the refinery was the tipping point for the majority of residents. As the now-defunct refinery land has been put up for sale, the opportunity has finally come for community members and environmental activists to shut down operations for good.
The film follows three particular members of the activist organization: Sonya Sanders, a resident who fights for a better future for both her son and sick husband, Carol White, a resident whose health was impacted by the June explosion and who lost a mother to cancer, and Rodney Ray, a former refinery laborer whose family has resided in the area for multiple generations. Viewers are put up-close and personal on the streets with Philly Thrive as this resilient community fights to keep the refinery closed for good.
Throughout the film, we begin to see and understand that against all odds, communities have the power to stand up to large corporations.
About the Rogue Climate’s Cinema Project: This film series is an opportunity for a broader and deeper connection within the community by starting conversation around critical issues to builds toward meaningful collective action. These events are opportunities for people to come together, discuss issues affecting their communities, spark inspiration by the actions in the films. Stay tuned for future in-person film screenings