University of British Columbia Okanagan (FCCS) and Okanagan College present the film series, Welcome to the Anthropocene: Now What? The Anthropocene is a term increasingly entering public and policy discourses, including those of the humanities and social sciences and again it is understood as a force now altering the planet’s biosphere and implicating human-kind in mass extinctions of plant and animal species, the pollution of the oceans, deforestation and the alteration of the atmosphere, among other serious and even irreversible impacts.
While there is already ubiquitous evidence/data available regarding the Anthropocene, including climate change, environmental degradation, unsustainable water usage, deforestation and hothouse conditions, pollution, etc., the aim of this film series is to bring us to the “Now what?”, a question that is not merely rhetorical but one that has local and global import.
Furthermore, the aim of this film series is not merely to discuss the “Now What?”, although that is a starting point, but also to encourage action and to seek not only individual but also societal policy changes where the environment and the Anthropocene collide in the name of capitalism.
It has become clear that the question "Now What?" is not merely rhetorical but relies upon what we are prepared to do, and while the constituency of the “we” must always be considered, it is clear that responding to the "Now What?" must involve individual and collective action.
The End of Meat – February 27, 7pm
The End of Meat is a groundbreaking documentary film envisioning a future where meat consumption belongs to the past.
Speciesism: The Movie – March 27, 7pm
Speciesism: The Movie is a whole new species of documentary. You'll never look at animals the same way again.
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home – April 25, 7pm
Explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.
Screenings You Missed
Anthropocene - October 25, 7pm
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky follow up Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark with a sobering meditation on psychedelic potash mines, expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet.
Before the Flood – November 29, 7pm
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.
H.O.P.E. – January 30, 7pm
H.O.P.E. is a life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet high in animal-based foods. It contrasts the limited interests of the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry with the all-encompassing interests of living beings on this planet and with the power of responsible consumer action. H.O.P.E. is an urgent call to action to all of us to commit to a change towards sustainability and safeguarding our living environment.
This film series is made possible through the generous support of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBCO, Okanagan College, and VegFund.