CSM’s Ethnic Studies Department Presents Film Series on Climate Change and Food Justice

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College of San Mateo’s Ethnic Studies department is hosting a film series from April 15 to April 17, 2024, exploring the themes of Climate Change and Food Justice. The series will feature film screenings, keynote speakers, and discussion panels, offering a unique opportunity for the community to engage with these critical issues.

In addition to the film screenings, the event will include art and photography exhibits in the Theatre lobby, showcasing works that capture and reflect the themes of climate and food justice. These events are free and open to the public, with parking available in lots A and B.

The schedule for the CSM Ethnic Studies Film Series 2024 Event is as follows:

Monday, April 15, 11 am – 1 pm
Film Screening: Gather (Sanjay Rawal, 2020)

  • An intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Keynote Address: Nishanga Bliss, DAIM, D.Sc., L.Ac.

  • An integrative physician, licensed acupuncturist, and professor of Chinese medicine who believes that personal and planetary health are inseparable. Her mission is to provide sustainable healthcare and education to support communities in meeting the incredible challenges of our times.
  • CSM Faculty Panel: Led by keynote speaker Nishanga Bliss in collaboration with Tatiana Irwin (History), Nathan Churches (Biology), and Eric Heltzel (English).

Tuesday, April 16, 11 am – 1 pm
Film Screening: Los Guardianes del Maíz (The Keepers of Corn) (Gustavo Vazquez, 2021)

  • This film tells the story of native corn from the perspectives of indigenous farmers, artisans, and cooks in Mexico whose ancestors shepherded the ever-evolving seeds from the dawn of agriculture into the 21st Century. It’s a story of collective labor spanning more than 350 generations.
  • Q & A: Gustavo Vazquez, director of the film, will lead this discussion.

Wednesday, April 17, 11 am – 1 pm
Film Screening: Sol in the Garden (Débora Souza Silva, Emily Cohen Ibañez, 2023)

  • After 16 years of incarceration, Sol is released from prison, only to discover that coming into her freedom can be as challenging as living behind bars. Through a community gardening collective of formerly incarcerated horticulturalists in East Oakland, Sol strives to recover her humanity and sense of self.
  • CSM Student-led Panel: Join us for a lively and engaging discussion.

“We are excited to present this film series, highlighting critical issues of climate change and food justice that affect us all.  This has been a collaborative effort with faculty, staff, and students across campus, including the recently formed Sustainability as Social Justice committee,” said Dr. Jeanne Marie Velickovic, Dean of Creative Arts and Social Science.  “We hope this event will be part of a broader conversation around these topics and will lead to action on our campus and beyond.”

Visit our CSM Ethnic Studies Film Series 2024 Event page for more information.