October 12-14, through Zoom, Magic of Cinema, Studium Generale, and ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse, will screen Island Road, a film that confronts the reality of the global climate emergency with powerful and personal stories.
The movie centers around an Indigenous community in southern Louisiana where the climate crisis is urgent, and individuals are being displaced from their homes. As the film’s website states, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe “has resided on the Isle de Jean Charles for seven or eight generations, since the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced them from their ancestral home. However due to coastal erosion, the Isle de Jean Charles has been disappearing . . . Dredging of canals in the Gulf of Mexico by oil companies, levee engineering in the Mississippi Delta, rising sea levels, and more frequent and powerful hurricanes precipitated by climate change are the leading causes of this transformation.”
Through intimate and quiet interviews, the stories and voices of Tribal members are highlighted; interviewees describe their relationship to the disappearing land, their concerns around food sources, and their families’ and communities’ histories, current struggles and joys, and uncertain futures.
There will be three screenings of the film, which has a runtime of 73 minutes. The events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Oct 12 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Oct 13 at 12:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 14 at 2:00 pm
Join the screenings at https://pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/81727615841
Meeting ID: 817 2761 5841
Peninsula College recognizes and honors these traditional nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm lands. The first longhouse built on a community college campus, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ was named in the nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm language and is a gathering place to teach, learn, and share cultural traditions, knowledge, and identity.