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Thursday, April 24, 2014

‘Homeland’ film shown this Friday

First Friday Films is showing a new film titled Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action this Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:30pm at American Memorial Park’s theater as part of its ongoing monthly film series.

Nearly all Indian lands in the U.S. face grave environmental threats—toxic waste, strip mining, oil drilling and nuclear contamination. But a handful of activists are fighting back. Filmed against some of America’s most spectacular backdrops, from Alaska to Maine and Montana to New Mexico, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action profiles the against-all-odds struggles of Native American leaders who are taking on powerful energy companies and government agencies to protect the environment for all Americans. A moving tribute to the power of grassroots organizing, Homeland is also a call-to-action against the current dismantling of 30 years of environmental laws.

Before the film, we will hear about grassroots efforts taking place on Saipan from members of the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance. MINA has been an environmental presence on Saipan for years, engaging young local community members and building support for initiatives that protect and preserve our island’s resources.

First Friday Films is a partnership between American Memorial Park, the Division of Environmental Quality, the Coastal Resources Management Office and the Humanities Council, with support from other organizations. This particular film is sponsored by the Humanities Council. As always, our film events are free and open to the public. For planning purposes, this event will run about 90 minutes.

For more information about First Friday Films, email fffsaipan@gmail.com or check out firstfridayfilmssaipan.blogspot.com. (PR)

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