Regenerating community through the arts.
Katiba Banat – The First Girls
Adhel Arop was born in Kakuma refugee camp, near the border between Kenya and Sudan. Her family moved to Nairobi when her mother Amel Madut got a job interpreting through the United Nations. This work helped her family obtain immigration status to relocate to Canada.
Branded a “refugee”, Adhel felt disconnected from her roots and her identity while she was growing up. When relatives hinted she should dig deeper into her mother’s background, Adhel embarked on a research project that opened the door to a life-changing, trauma-healing conversation about her mother’s childhood as a soldier in the Sudanese civil war.
Adhel captured this poignant conversation in her award-winning Telus Storyhive documentary Who Am I? Now, Adhel plans to travel across Canada and around the world to speak to the other women of her mother’s regiment of child soldiers, known as Katiba Banat, or the First Girls.
Islands Celtic Festival
Started over 30 years ago by a lovely Scottish couple on Hornby Island, the Islands Celtic Festival has brought together a small community of Celtic music-lovers from the coast of BC and Washington year after year.
For years, the festival migrated from place to place to reduce the burden on any single organizer. In 2019, we found a permanent home at Errington War Memorial Hall. Sadly, after only one festival edition with a festival board, grants, a permanent home and room to grow, the pandemic hit, forcing artists and organizers to figure out how to throw a party over the internet in a hurry.
We were caught by surprise last year, but not this year. The 2021 Digital Festival edition brought together workshop facilitators from as far away as Northern Ireland and contributors from Washington and BC to present an online event that was as close as we could make it to the live experience we intend to bring back in 2022.
Analytical tools to support sustainable production
Sustainable Set Power Budget Project
Film and television productions have become accustomed to using gas and diesel generators to fulfil their power needs. Too often, this means we are vastly overpowered and emitting carbon all day long, when we might only need a fraction of the juice we’re prepared to use. Like running your car all day long in case you want to listen to the radio. Productions are wary of adopting EV-battery technology because they worry it won’t provide enough power to get through the day. We’re developing tools to reduce the use of fossil fuels in the industry by empowering producers, gaffers and generator operators to create an energy budget based on their actual energy needs.
Film Workers’ Life Expectancy Project
Film workers in North America are expected to work long hours and regular night shifts. Producers plan for a 12 hour work day. If anything goes wrong, that can easily creep to a 14, 16 or even 20 hour work day. Meanwhile, the evidence is mounting that adequate rest periods between shifts are fundamental to human health and wellbeing. Our industry talks a good game about “sustainable production”. We rarely ask what is sustainable for a human family, or a human body. This crowd-sourced data analysis calculates the life expectancy of Canadian film workers compared to the national average. We hope this highlights the need for cultural change.
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