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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 79 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Narrated by Daryl Hannah

On every continent, women are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment, and are empowering others to respect the earth. Arise presents the stories of a diverse group of 13 women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages.

These women are engaged in a variety of innovative efforts profiled in the film: replanting trees in Kenya, conserving biodiversity in India, preserving sacred Native lands, protecting the rainforest in Ecuador, building more sustainable local communities, transforming food through urban agriculture, creating safe outdoor places to play, training women to build and install solar lights, and organizing to combat climate change, among others.

Arise gives voice to these powerful women, and weaves together their inspiring stories with stunning images, poetry and music by well-known writers and musicians, including Alice Walker and Michael Franti.

Through these hopeful examples and new models, the women in the film challenge our current way of thinking about the environment, and encourage a shift in values to find a different, healthier way to view our relationship to the earth.

Among the women featured:
  • Judy Nyguthi Kimamo, Green Belt Movement, Women for Change Initiative, Nyeri, Kenya
  • Maggie Fox, President and CEO, Climate Protection Action Fund, Colorado
  • Majora Carter, President, MCG Consulting, South Bronx, NY
  • Monica Chuji, Amazonian Quechua Human Rights Activist, Ecuador
  • Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project, White Earth Reservation, MN
  • Theo Colborn, Founder and President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), Colorado
  • Dr. Bhatt, Co-Director, Navdanya, Dehradun, India
  • Dana Miller, Founder, Grow Local Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Vandana Shiva, Director, Navdanya and Author, Dehradun, India
  • Jessica Posner, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Shining Hope for Communities, Kenya
  • Bata Bhurji, Administrator, Barefoot College, Rajasthan, India
  • Aida Shibli, Palestinian Bedouin Peace Activist, Israel
 
"Celebrates women around the world leading movements in environmental protection....Arise presents inspiring segments featuring diverse saviors and locales (and) honors women as protectors, nurturers and activists. (A) genuinely felt and executed womanist letter to the world." – New York Times

Awards:

Winner, Spirit of Activism Award, Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Winner, Shift Award, FilmShift Festival

Official Selection:
Sarasota Film Festival
Bahamas International Film Festival
LA Femme International Film Festival
Chesapeake Film Festival
Zonta Film Festival
Social Change Film Festival
Festival Du Film De Boulogne- Billancourt
Atmospheres Festival Transitions Film Festival
Argentinian Green Film Festival



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