The World According to Monsanto

Green Screens at the National Film Board

To celebrate the launch of Footprints, an environmental website featuring documents from the National Film Board of Canada's collection, the National Film Board will be hosting several screenings next week dedicated to films with environmental concerns. The films range from the premiere of The World According to Monsanto, a documentary following the history of the controversial company, to Up the Yangtze, previously featured on blogTO and Toxic Tresspass which investigates the chemicals we meet and are polluted by on a daily basis. A full schedule and more information behind the jump.

Monday May 26th: 6:30pm - The World According to Monsanto (Toronto Premiere)
Director Marie-Monique Robin will introduce the film and the discussion will feature Dr. Stephen Scharper, Ethicist at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mary Alton Mackey an international food and nutrition consultant and Anne Mitchell the director of the Canadian Institute of Environmental Law and Policy.

Wednesday May 28th: 7pm - Up the Yangtze
One of Canada's Top 10 films from 2007, the film explores the effect that the Three Gorges Dam project has on a family living right on the waters edge, as well as the tourism that flows through the river.

Thursday May 29th: 5-7pm - Green Screens in the Secondary Classroom: A Screening & Resource Session
This workshop will give educators an integrated media education approach to using the NFB collection of environmental titles in secondary-level Language Arts, Media Studies, Global Issues and Social Studies classrooms.

Thursday May 29th: 7:30pm - Refugees of the Blue Planet
Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at the 2006 Planet in Focus Film Festival, the film focuses on the environmental pressure put on rural populations and the increasing number of environmental refugees.

Friday May 30th: 7pm - Weather Report
Weather Report investigates climate change by directly exploring the changing climates in places such as the Canadian Arctic, Montana, Northern Kenya, China and India. But the true effect of climate change is made visible by meeting the people whose lives are being directly impacted by the change to their environment

Friday May 30th: 8pm - The World According to Monsanto

Saturday May 31st: 3pm - Toxic Trespass
Filmmaker Barri Cohen sets on a journey with her daughter to ask questions about the increase in childhood respiratory illnesses and cancers that we can no longer avoid or ignore.

All Green Screens screenings and discussions will be free and will be at the NFB Mediatheque at 150 John Street.

Image: The World According to Monsanto from the NFB

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