Patty Loew, Monica White to serve as moderators at Tales from Planet Earth film fest

Patty Loew, recently retired professor of life sciences communication, and Monica White, assistant professor of community and environmental sociology, are participating in the 6th Tales from Planet Earth film festival. The film festival, which will take place on the UW-Madison campus from Nov. 3-5, is sponsored by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment, which includes faculty and graduate students from CALS departments and programs.

Loew will moderate the opening roundtable, themed “Land is Life,” on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Marquee Theater in Union South. The opening roundtable will take place immediately following the festival’s keynote talk by Winona La Duke, the Native American environmental activist, writer and speaker. White will moderate the discussion of the films Dark Exodus and Arc of Justice on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at UW Cinematheque.

More about Tales from Planet Earth (Tales):

Tales showcases global environmental films with the belief that issues don’t move people, but stories do. The goal is to link compelling narratives to the work of scholars and community organizations advocating for environmental and social justice. The highlight of Tales is a biennial film festival thematically journeying around the globe to explore how stories told through film shape people’s understanding of nature and inspire action on behalf of the diversity of life.

The 6th Tales film festival will run November 3-5, 2017 with the theme “Land is Life.” Standing Rock. Idle No More. The Landless Worker’s Movement. Across the globe, land dispossession — both past and present — is bringing together new alliances and collective actions in the struggle for the rights and sovereignty of local peoples to determine their own futures. This festival will showcase stories that inform, challenge, and inspire people to rethink relationships to land in an era when greed, corruption, and resource demands are swallowing up ancestral and customary lands, severing cultural traditions rooted in the earth, and threatening the livelihoods, sovereignty, and self-determination of communities throughout the world.

Please be aware that the schedule is subject to last minute changes. All films are shown unrated. No advance tickets are required–audiences are seated first-come-first-served.

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