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From The Bullfrog Films Collection
Standing on Sacred Ground

A film by Christopher McLeod

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Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places--the original protected lands--in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

In this four-part documentary series from the producer of IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change.

Narrated by Graham Greene, with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Q'orianka Kilcher, the series exposes threats to native peoples' health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories--and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

The titles in the series are:

Disc One:
Pilgrims and Tourists
 (2014 / 57 minutes)
In the Altai Republic of Russia and in Northern California, indigenous shamans resist massive government projects that threaten nature and culture.

Disc Two:
Profit and Loss 
(2014 / 57 minutes)
From Papua New Guinea to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, native people fight the loss of land, water, and health to mining and oil industries.

Disc Three:
Fire and Ice 
(2014 / 57 minutes)
From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous highland communities battle threats to their forests, farms, and faith.

Disc Four:
Islands of Sanctuary (2014 / 57 minutes)
Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawaiians reclaim land from the government and the military, and resist the erosion of culture and environment.

“Words that seem most appropriate in characterizing this documentary include awesome, beautiful, ugly, dramatic, revealing, disturbing, heroic, moving and inspiring. A unique and historic achievment. —Anthropology News

Standing on Sacred Ground does well to not only allow the voices and experiences of actual Indigenous peoples, scholars, and activists shine throughout the films, but also calls out to viewers asking them what they can do for the land so 'the land can love them back.' This film series is thorough, critically engaging, inclusive, and very well produced. The eight case studies of Indigenous communities around the world offer the viewer a glimpse into the everyday lives of these people and can therefore be an excellent educational tool for students and activists of most ages. I highly recommend this film series for anyone who wants to learn about Indigenous cultures across the globe, as well as anyone who wants to fully understand how and why the earth is slowly being destroyed by the efforts of 'progress,' along with what they can do to help reverse the process of ecological destruction.”Jennifer Loft, University at Buffalo, Educational Media Reviews Online

Best Documentary Feature, American Indian Film Festival

228 minutes / Color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2014
Copyright: 2014

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Anthropology, Business Ethics, Globalization, Science, Environment

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