#DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party | September 1 – 30, 2017
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Seven Rivers Walking – A West Coast Premier
September 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm UTC+12
On Monday we are having the West Coast premier screening of a new NZ documentary entitled ‘Seven Rivers Walking’. Made over seven months, it traces the activities and views of local community groups in the Selwyn District as they monitor and maintain the failing river systems of the Canterbury Plains and bring community and government awareness to their plight.
We hear from local folk trying to get to the bottom of the troubles on the rivers – the kaitiaki, the river guardians of Canterbury. Rivers are whole living eco-systems. The city and braided rivers of Canterbury are in crisis-mode, most so damaged people can no longer safely swim in them. Fish, birds, drylands and wetlands are struggling to survive.
Filmmakers Gaylene Barnes and Kathleen Gallagher travel alongside seventy kaitiāki – fishermen, local iwi, farmers, artists, rafters, scientists, trampers – as they walk, raft and cycle seven of Canterbury’s rivers over seven weeks to Easter 2017. Together they reveal the braided story of the Canterbury rivers and come up with coherent solutions that respect biodiversity and restore the rivers.
The film Director, Kathleen Gallagher and Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague will hold a Q&A session at the end of the screening.
“It is a prophetic, and powerful movie for our times, as we struggle to live in ways that honour and cherish our land and waterways, rather than destroy them.”
Mark Gibson, Toi Moto