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Connected by Rivers — Saturday Evening Screening

  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3 Canada (map)

How do rivers flow through our lives?

Revive Our Rivers
INDIA | 2017 | 2 min 

Ziyou (Freedom)
Toronto Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 8 min

A Gentle Giant
Canadian Premiere | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 4.5 min

Like a River Flows
World Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 11.5 min

A River's Last Chance
Toronto Premiere | USA | 2017 | 65 min

  Emcee : Dr. Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, U of T

Emcee: Dr. Stephen Scharper,
Associate Professor, U of T

 

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6 - 8:30 pm

Hot Docs  Ted Rogers Cinema (map)

 


Revive Our Rivers
INDIA | 2017 | 2 min  

Filmmaker: Abhishek Jai

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Natural resources like rivers, forests and mountains have sustained human life for centuries. Yet, they are at the disposal of humans too. We extract what we want from them to the fullest, but we treat the very source of the energy we thrive on with utter disdain. In India, rivers are considered to be holy. Ironically, we dump our sewage in these very rivers. We take no effort to protect and preserve them. We take them for granted.


Ziyou (Freedom)
Toronto Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 8 min

Filmmaker: Goh Iromoto

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Emily Chan is an avid kayaker who has always lived life to the fullest, but when she faces the biggest challenge of her life, she must face this chapter as if it may be her last. In the end, by way of her inspirational journey, she shows us how one can live a life without regrets.


A Gentle Giant
Canada Premiere | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 4.5 min

Filmmaker: Mark Pearce

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Known to grow to the size of a small dog and live to 40 years old, the giant Tasmanian freshwater lobster is the largest of its kind in the entire world, but its home is being destroyed by sediment runoff from logging. However, there is hope – Todd Walsh the lobster man has grown up with this crayfish that gently inches its way around the northern rivers of Australia's southern-most island.
This is his plea to protect a rare and remarkable creature.


Like a River Flows
World Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 11.5 min

Filmmaker: Elizabeth Zetlin

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LIKE A RIVER FLOWS is a lyrical meditation on the wonder of water and how that might apply to taking care of our rivers and our own lives. This docu-poem, filmed, written and narrated by Liz Zetlin, is based on four lines from Irish poet John O’Donohue’s poem “Fluent”: I would love to live Like a river flows Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding. Over a period of one year, Zetlin observed water as it appeared in her life. Living along the Sydenham River in Owen Sound, Ontario at the base of Georgian Bay, part of the Great Lakes watershed, she shot thousands of photographs, which she curated, according to seasons, and put into the IMac's origami screen saver, which selects images at random, folding and repeating them, like our minds recall memories. Laced together with video, music and poetry, each moment becomes new again, as it's juxtaposed to others.


A River's Last Chance
Toronto Premiere | USA | 2017 | 65 min

Filmmaker: Shane Anderson

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The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The river and salmon have weathered decades of over fishing , abusive logging, catastrophic floods, droughts and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eels recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s multi billion dollar underground cannabis economy and the multi billion dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino. This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers recovery and economic future.