Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work? Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.
this event is at capacity, seats will be available at the door on a standby first come, first served basis starting at 5:30pm… This is a FREE Earth Day event co-hosted by Aquidneck Land Trust as part of their Conservation Speaker Series to enhance their “think globally, act locally” philosophy & is in partnership with The Newport Tree Society as part of Newport Arboretum Week.Film begins at 6pm. director emmanuel vaughan-lee will hold a post-film Q&A. people’s power & light will be ‘greening’ the event by matching all electricity used with clean, local, renewable energy.
|USA / 92 min / NR
|Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan
Truly moving and engaging... one of the better environmental films out there.
An interesting view of eco-warriors at work... their efforts are duly inspiring and the related issues imposing.
One of the top docs at Austin Film Festival.
Beautifully shot, heartbreaking, informative and compelling.
Elemental is fascinating...