Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am, Showplace

LIVING ON THE EDGE

LIVING ON THE EDGE

  • Susan Woodfine
  • 51 minutes
  • 2014
  • Canada
  • Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am, Showplace

Sponsored by Alan and Linda Slavin; Sustainable Trent: Advocating for Sustainability and Environmental Justice; Transition Town Peterborough (TPP); Trent University Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS); Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough; Peterborough-Kawartha Federal NDP

The human face of climate change – through the lens of a camera.

In 2010 in Eastern Quebec an extreme weather event became a wakeup call for people living along the coast of the St. Lawrence River.

In the aftermath of the event an enterprising woman, Joan Sullivan, sets out with her camera to document how people living along the river are experiencing – and adapting to – climate change.

Land washed away, water poisoned, fracking and oil development, the cost of food: the issues are all coming together, and so too are the solutions. “That’s what I want to photograph,” Sullivan says.

The film’s poetic and spectacular images portray the geography of Joan’s personal journey – revealing the fears, frustrations, and hopes of this former international aid worker turned organic farmer turned photographer turned environmental activist.

In the words of a reviewer, capturing images through her “filter of hope,” Sullivan “uses her camera to show the benefits and beauty of going green in an effort to encourage proactive change.” The end result is “a personal and global portrait of a world in flux.”