||Why did we present this film?
Our third Principle states:
"We are an integral part of Nature, which we should cherish, revere and preserve in all its magnificent beauty and diversity. We should strive to live in harmony with Nature locally and globally. We acknowledge the inherent value of all life, human and non-human, and strive to treat all living beings with compassion and respect."
We are continually looking for ways to put our principles into practice. Thus we were delighted to hear about the film, Occupy Love" and to read this description from the filmmaker:
"Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life."
Then we discovered that we could show this film as a "Community Screening" before it is released in theatres!
In the spirit of the film, we joined forces with two other like-minded groups within our community, Transition KW and the Grand River Unitarian Congregation in order to present the film to a wider audience.
Admission was free but tickets were required.
"What the film shows, triumphantly, is that love can unite as much as greed can divide."
– Vancouver International Film Festival
|The Delusion of Separation
"Our disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the oundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technologican fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.
Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis we are entering a new narrative of inter-being, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears the possibility of a more beautiful world - not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems."
~ from the cover of "The Ascent of Humanity" (2013) by Charles Eisenstein
(one of the visionaries in the film)
||About 70 people showed up to view the film! We were very pleased with the attendance. Here are a few photos from the evening.
Opening announcements. "Just by being here, you are participating in the global movement."
Particepants with the LOVE/REVOLT sign.
A young participant gets in the spirit.
Taking pictures of the crowd.
Note our projector wrangler standing behind the equipment.
The crowd settles in.
Announcements about the "heart" images on the Occupy Love web site.
A few available treats.
Choosing a treat to enjoy with the film.