Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2014
Dear supporter of Wakan Tanka,
Three years ago we embarked on a journey to make a film. A film that explores how we can embrace the knowledge of our elders to address climate change and bring a message of hope to humankind, in particular youth. Addressed to the next generation, their messages of warning and hope need to be heard now more than ever.
All over the world, citizens of this planet are saying enough is enough and are looking for inspiration and help to turn things around. This film highlights the struggles we will face if we continue on this destructive path. More importantly it also communicates the many possible pathways to a sustainable future.
Among scenes of earthly decay and beauty, the documentary challenges present day societal norms while celebrating community and illustrating eco-actions undertaken by the youth of today. Watch the trailer here.
Please help us get these important messages out into the world!
Your support and interest in the film has been critical to getting us to this point in the project, and we are almost there! With your continued support we will complete this important project by the summer of 2014 and release it on the internet and into schools all over the world.
One donor has recently pledged $5,000 to match others who are willing to step up and make a matching donation. Please help us raise the final amount we need to complete the film by donating $5,000. WE CAN DO IT! Please consider making the message of Wakan Tanka part of your 2014 charitable donations and we will provide a tax receipt with our deepest thanks. To donate please visit http://www.
Wakan Tanka in the news!!
We have some great partners in the media who have been very supportive of the film project and it’s message. In late August the Vancouver Observer interviewed us about the film.
By Jenny Uechi:
“In the global fight against climate change, the media spotlight tends to focus on what’s new: new technology, youth environmentalists, cutting-edge ideas. But what if the solutions to living in balance with nature are already here, all around us, in the age-old wisdom of elders? Are people wise enough to integrate the current technological ideas with the wisdom of our elders? Are people wise enough to listen to them before it’s too late? It’s the central idea behind producer Margery Moore’s highly anticipated feature film, Wakan Tanka.”
You can read the full article here.
We continue to collaborate with the Suzuki Elders who held a fantastic Inter-generational Forum this fall in Vancouver, Canada. The forum was focused on sharing inspiration and strategies that make social movements matter. We held a session on how social media can be used effectively by elders and youth together to fight climate change. Dr. David Suzuki, his daughter Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, and his grandson Tamo Campos all shared their stories and experiences about the power of inter-generational collaboration, which is a core message carried forward by the film.
The promotional videos of the Wakan Tanka film have inspired many this year. In October of 2013 we showed the Wakan Trailer trailer at SXSW Eco in a panel called “Awakening the Hope: Dialogue on Climate Change”.
We were joined by Jeneda Benally, an inspiring woman, singer and youth activist from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona. It was an amazing opportunity to speak to people about the importance of our Elder’s stories and experiences as we navigate the challenges of climate change. Jeneda shared her own struggles, stories and songs of hope. SXSW Eco has asked us to submit the film for consideration for inclusion in the main SXSW event in the spring of 2015.
In July 2014 we are planning a fantastic series of events on grief, mourning and climate change with Stephen Jenkinson. We invited Stephen to collaborate with us on this series of events for two key reasons.
Firstly, we believe that many humans, all over the world, are unconsciously mourning the devastating impact we are having on the planet and our climate.
Secondly, without acknowledging our grief and allowing ourselves to mourn what is happening we will not be able to move forward in a positive, healing direction.
I have seen the transformative nature of grief. It is a powerful agent for change. Our event with Stephen is a fundraising initiative for the film and is a beautiful commentary on how this film could impact millions. We hope you will join us in early May.
Thank you, again, for your interest in this important film project. Your financial support is needed now more than ever. Please consider making a donation to help bring this critically important message to the world.
All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt. To donate go to: http://www.wakantankafilm.com and click on the PayPal icon. You can donate by credit card or PayPal. Please also consider sending a check to: I-SEA, 23-133 Corbett Road, SSI, BC, V8K 2W6, Canada.
If you are in the USA please email us for the address to send US donations.
With love and best wishes,
President, and Executive Producer,
Margery A. Moore