(Toronto/New York): Join Canadian filmmaker, Chanda Chevannes and American biologist, Dr. Sandra Steingraber as they share their award-winning feature documentary on climate activism with a worldwide audience through free online screening.
Presented in partnership with Ithaca College’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the screening will be followed by a livestream Q&A session with both Chevannes and Steingraber.
UNFRACTURED (91 min, 2017) is a triumphant documentary about fighting with your whole heart. It follows Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into a battle for a statewide fracking ban in New York.
Branded a “toxic avenger” by Rolling Stone, Steingraber quickly emerges as a leader of New York’s biggest grassroots movement in decades. Determined to win an uncompromising battle with the oil and gas industry, Steingraber decides she must fight with her whole heart — devoting all her time, energy and money to the cause. But as the film opens, her personal life is thrown into crisis when her husband begins having one stroke after another. She knows her family needs her at home, but Steingraber can’t stop — not until she and her allies win a state-wide ban on fracking.
UNFRACTURED was awarded Best Canadian Feature from Planet in Focus.
The film uses Steingraber’s work and life as a way to highlight larger environmental, scientific and political stories. Unlike many environmental documentaries, UNFRACTURED is ultimately a triumphant film, inspiring audiences to fight for a safe and just world.
After the film screens online, audiences will be invited to join a Q&A with Steingraber and Chevannes focused on the power of film to inform and inspire audiences.
For media interviews with Sandra Steingraber or Chanda Chevannes, contact:
Kathleen O’Grady, QUOI Media Group
How to register for the FREE screening:
Monday October 26th, 2020
7:00 pm ET – Film Screening
8:30 pm ET – Q&A with Sandra Steingraber (film subject)
& Chanda Chevannes (filmmaker)
For further details and to register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unfractured-virtual-screening-and-qa-tickets-119329314191
To watch the live stream directly: https://youtu.be/xPvCLBjvaOU
About Director Chanda Chevannes:
Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian filmmaker, writer and educator. Her documentaries aim to address complex social issues in an artistic way. Previously, while living in sub-Saharan Africa, Chanda created educational films on gender-based violence. Thousands of grassroots organizations are using Chevannes’ films, contributing to tangible social change. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts Program and an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre. www.chandachevannes.com
About Sandra Steingraber:
Biologist, mother and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and public health. Holding a doctorate in biology and a master’s degree in creative writing, she has written three books about human health and the environment, including Living Downstream.
Sandra has won numerous awards for her environmental health research and writing, including the Heinz Award, Chatham College’s Rachel Carson Leadership Award, the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund, and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility.
She is the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking and Concerned Health Professionals of New York and currently serves as science advisor to Americans Against Fracking. She has worked closely with the California Breast Cancer Research Program, provided Congressional briefings, lectured widely in medical schools and college campuses and testified before the United Nations and the European Parliament. A contributing editor for Orion magazine, Sandra is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. www.steingraber.com
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which made these screenings possible.
This post was previously published on Quoimedia.com and is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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