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sustainNU Presents One Earth Film Festival Virtual Screening: Becoming Rudy and Maxima

When: Monday, March 8, 2021
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Julie Cahillane  

Group: sustainNU

Category: Other, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement, Women 150


Join us on International Women’s Day, Monday March 8, 6:30 pm CST, for a free screening of these films featuring two remarkable women, exploring their relationship with the environment as they stand up for themselves, inclusivity, and justice.

The first film, Becoming Ruby, is a short featuring mountain biker, skier and artist Brooklyn Bell. Not seeing herself reflected in the outdoor community she loves, Bell created her own role model: a hand-drawn hero called Ruby J. With Ruby J as a guide, Brooklyn spent the next few years trying to “live like her, breathe like her, be unapologetically black like her,” and in the process shaped her own identity, one that intertwines her love for dirt, snow and art—and a voice with which to advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Becoming Ruby will be followed by a showing of Maxima. Viewers will follow Peruvian indigenous farmer Máxima Acuña in her fight to protect her land as she stands up to the largest gold producer in the world: US-based Newmont Mining Corporation. Throughout Máxima’s fight for justice, the film provides an illustrative case study in the tactics used by transnational corporations to commit human rights violations and environmental crimes, the role played by non-profits and The World Bank, and, ultimately, the resilience of one woman who refuses to back down.

Following the films there will be a facilitated discussion on the topics covered and opportunities to create change in your community.

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