Standing on Sacred Ground Episode 3: Fire and Ice
From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous communities protect their sacred lands from development, competing religions and climate change.
Fire and Ice explores two mountain cultures fighting to protect their cultural and ecological heritage with the help of modern science. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, spiritual traditions that long protected trees, meadows and mountains are under attack by evangelical Christians. During a New Years bridal ceremony, tensions erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, Q’eros potato farmers face an invisible foe: global warming that is melting the glaciers, their only water source. They still make their annual pilgrimage to pray for abundance, and they are also building the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), a community research farm to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate. Stunning landscapes and vivid ritual scenes offer rare insight into little-seen, oft-misunderstood cultures. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida), with storytelling by Q’orianka Kilcher.
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The Standing On Sacred Ground series tells eight distinct stories from the viewpoints of diverse indigenous communities — stories that evoke ancient and contemporary spiritual connections to earth, while exploring how the health of our global environment can be sustained through respectful understanding of the sacred lands and traditions of these native peoples.
Medford Film Collaborative is screening all four films:
11/18/2015 – Sacred Lands Film Series I: Pilgrims and Tourists @ Grace Episcopal
01/09/2015 – Sacred Lands Film Series II: Profit and Loss @ Medford Arts Center (Mall Location) sponsored by MACI
01/13/2016 – Sacred Lands Film Series III: Fire and Ice @ Sanctuary UCC
01/27/2016 – Sacred Lands Film Series IV: Islands of Sanctuary @ Medford Arts Center (Mall Location) sponsored by Medford Farmers Market