(443) Monsoon Season

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The Toronto Water Doc Festival is coming up soon, so this week we talked to Melanie Howe the Water Docs Programmer right off the bat about some of the films and other screenings happening over the next couple weeks.

You can learn more about the festival, get tickets and view the schedule here: http://waterdocs.ca


The festival opens with a (free) screening of the powerful 2014 documentary ‘Monsoon’ by Canadian writer and director Sturla Gunnarsson. After the second break, we speak to Sturla himself about making the documentary and his time in India.

From the WaterDoc’s Festival Website:

Monsoon is a feature documentary from multiple award-winning filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson. Filmed over the course of India’s 2013 monsoon season in ultra high definition 4K, the filmmakers chased the monsoon on its annual journey from the southern state of Kerala, where it first makes landfall, to India’s north-eastern state of Meghalaya (‘Place of the Clouds’), where the clouds go to die. Along the way, they meet a remarkable group of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon that some call ‘the soul of India’.

A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.

The screening will take place at University of Toronto, HS 610 Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street on Wednesday March 18th at 5:30pm. After the screening there will also be a Q&A with Sturla as well as Stan Gibson (ED, Ecologos) and Dr. Anwar Sadmani (member of OWWA research group, University of Toronto).

You can view the trailer for Monsoon here.

You can also view Sturla’s personal website with lots more information here.


Finally, Stefan attempts to bring us some good news to talk about this week, and Kevin and Daryn do their best to ruin his fun with concerns. 😀

In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows

And of course a reminder that if you are in Toronto (or not) our friends over at LeadNow have organized a rally regarding bill C-51 as well as a petition and some other information you should read about the implications of the bill. From LeadNow:

  • Sign the petition calling for amendments
  • Share this video to get the word out about the bill
  • Send a personal letter to Justin Trudeau and Liberal Public Safety Critic Wayne Easter, calling on them to take a strong stand against the bill
  • Attend the rally in Nathan Phillips square on Sat. March 14 – there’s a list of actions happening across the country here if you’d like to encourage your friends in other cities to attend/sign up to host one

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