Of all the dire issues facing the human race, climate change is surely the one that will reach us all, no matter where we live. Those of us who see climate change through the lens of recycling Poland Spring bottles, composting, or shutting off the tap while brushing our teeth aren’t feeling the pain yet. The fights surrounding pipelines and fracking in the USA give us a taste of what the future will bring as more and more demands clash with environmental and property rights. WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE, which won a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival, is a Must-See at the Montclair Film Festival because it addresses climate change from the point of view of indigenous people who are experiencing the most immediate environmental consequences in the Amazon. It plays at the Clairidge Cinema on Saturday, April 30th at 4:45 PM.
WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE explores the conflict of differing goals and values in Peru, where the issues are acute, immediate, and serve as a warning for current and future global impact. For Festival audiences, it both tells an important story from an often unheard perspective, and it also provides an important perspective that will become more and more common as climate changes become more widespread.
From the Sundance Film Festival description:
In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the one side is President Alan Garcia, who, eager to enter the world stage, begins aggressively extracting oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. He is quickly met with fierce opposition from indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions prove a powerful rallying cry to throngs of his supporters. When Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war of words erupts into deadly violence.
And for those of us who believe not only in Shop Local, but also Watch Local, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE was edited (out of hundreds hours of footage) on the third floor of a Montclair house, fueled by many cups of Red Eye coffee and a few bottles of wine from the liquor store on Grove, and the story was discussed over several walks to Watchung Plaza. It’s an international, hometown film!
Montclair resident and film editor Carla Gutierrez will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A at the Saturday, April 30th screening. Don’t miss this opportunity to see an award-winning film that will both inspire you and compel you to think differently about how climate change affects us all.