Wake Up: The Environmental and Economic Links Between Coffee Farmers, Coffee Drinkers, and Birds

Our friends at Fair Trade LA invite you to a special screening of Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake Up Call this weekend:

Friday, July 29
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ten Thousand Villages
567 South Lake Avenue

The screening is co-sponsored by All Saints Church, Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade LA, Fair Trade Pasadena and Fair Trade USA.

The film, by Old Dog Documentaries, “lays out the background of the ‘coffee crisis,’ a situation that Seth Petchers of Oxfam International describes as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’ We meet the coffee growers of Agua Buena in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, who welcome us into their homes and describe the labor-intensive process of shade-grown coffee production.” The film also “offers simple but effective solutions based on what Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center calls the ‘natural organic connection that exists between farmers, coffee drinkers, and birds.’”

There will also be a presentation by Gilberto Ramirez, from CoopeAgri, R.L., San Ysidro, Costa Rica, who is a visionary innovator and a leader in his community, the first Fair Trade Town in Latin America.

For more information about this event visit Fair Trade LA’s website or call Joan Harper at 818.406.9296.

“Everything is Linked. Nothing is Self-Sufficient.”

It took billions of years to form the living organism that is planet Earth, our unique island home. Renowned aerial photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand chronicles the story of Earth’s ecosphere–and humanity’s place in it–in his spectacular documentary Home, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection showing on Thursday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Arthus-Bertrand takes us on an enthralling flight over 54 countries and 120 locations to illustrate in awe-inspiring visual imagery both the beauty and vulnerability of the life system in which we live. The film’s theme is perhaps best expressed by narrator Glenn Close, “The engine of life is linkage. Everything is linked. Nothing is self-sufficient.” Join us for an experience of filmic art that evokes a dual sense of wonder and urgency.

A community discussion follows the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.  For more information regarding the film, visit www.goodplanet.org/en


The World According to Monsanto

Owning the Food Chain

On Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen the acclaimed documentary The World According to Monsanto, in which French journalist/filmmaker Marie-Monique Rubin investigates the chemical/biotech giant that brought us Agent Orange, PCB’s, Bovine Growth Hormones and GMO’s. The thoroughly researched film zeroes in on the company’s global crusade to patent seeds, outlaw the saving of seeds, and take punitive action against farmers who resist. Featuring Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey M. Smith, global sustainability champions Jeremy Rifkin and Vandana Shiva, and many more.  For anyone concerned about biodiversity and the monopolization of the world’s food supply, this is a must-see.

A community discussion follows the film, which is presented with the assistance of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program. The film will be shown at the Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 North Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4291 or visit www.seedsofdeception.com