Focus Locus presents:  The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"

Signature Sounds Presents & NCTV Present

Focus Locus presents: The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"

Tue ยท November 14, 2017

Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room


This event is all ages

Focus Locus presents:
The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"
(26 min., 2017)
Q&A after with director Jehann El-Bisi!

"The River Cried, 'Mni W'Coni!'" is a deeply personal, and emotionally evocative testimony, touching upon subjects of genocide, beauty, and love; found while serving to protect the water, on the front lines, in Standing Rock, North Dakota, in the Autumn of 2016. Jehann El-Bisi, was inspired by her mother, descendant of Lakota, and a tireless activist for water protection, at an early age, felt spiritually called to revisit those lessons, and commitments, to protect people, and the water, at the cost of one's life if necessary. Art Desmarais, a U.S. Army Veteran, shared the transformational experience with Jehann, by standing with the people, to serve to protect the water, in Standing Rock. The film is an invitation to explore some of the messages given by the Lakota people, as guiding principals, in an age of struggle for sustainability,environmental justice, and decolonization.

Wopila Tanka!
Thank you very much!
Mitakuye Oyasin,
We are all related...

Trailer: waterislife)

Jehann El-Bisi is a peace activist, educator, and artist, who has an earned doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Art Desmarais is a veteran of the United States Army, published author, and peace activist, who has walked with Jehann on Peace walks led by Buddhist Nuns and Monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order from Japan. Together they serve currently as partners in social justice work, as documentary film makers, for solidarity efforts for the protection of water worldwide.

Robbie Leppzer, is editor of The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!", and a local documentary film maker, and founder of Turning Tide Productions in Wendell, Massachusetts.
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Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060