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Screening & Panel: "Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock"

  • Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire (UUMSB) 1089 Main St Housatonic, Massachusetts 01236 (map)

We welcome Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno for a special rough-cut screening of his work-in-progress documentary, “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock.” A collection will be taken to support the Standing Rock protesters and the completion of the documentary project.

Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” is an ongoing documentary project, chronicling the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. The portion shown will run approximately 60 minutes.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with people who have visited Standing Rock as well as an update on the CT pipeline in our own back yard and other water protection. All are welcome. 

Fidel Moreno identifies as Huichol, Chichimeca and Mexican American. He is an Oscar nominee in the Best Short Documentary category as co-producer and co-director of “Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations,” and a three-time Telly Award winner for “The Peyote Road” and “500 Nations.” Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno’s work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations and crisis relief services. Moreno is an activist passionate about working with youth and children through cultural literacy skill building, emotional development and purposeful life navigation.

Thank you to our community partners (list is ongoing):
350MA-Berkshires
BEAT
Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series
Climate Action Now
Four Freedoms Coalition
Housatonic River Initiative
Housatonic Environmental Action League (HEAL)
Living the Change
Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness
Multicultural BRIDGE
NAACP, Berkshire Branch
No Fracked Gas In Mass
Sugar Shack Alliance
Stop the Dumps
UU Mass Action
Western Mass Standing Rock Working Group

Earlier Event: February 25
HSQ BankExit Solidarity Action! NoDAPL
Later Event: March 6
Standing WITH Standing Rock