Powerlands: UK Screening Tour

London Mining Network is excited to bring director Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso & producer Jordan Flaherty to the UK for a screening tour of the film Powerlands. The film touches on many of London Mining Network’s key messages and features communities we have been working with for many years around the Cerrejon mine in Colombia.

Starting 21 September, Ivey Camille and Jordan will be presenting the film and answering questions at a number of venues across the country. See below for the full list of dates and locations.

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A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents. 

This film is in seven languages, including several Indigenous languages rarely captured on film: English, Diné, Spanish, Wayuu, Visayan, Blaan, and Zapotec.

Featured on Democracy Now. Winner, Best US Feature, American Documentary & Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) 2022, Best Environmental Film, Arizona International Film Festival 2022. Selected, Firelight Media Documentary Lab. Finalist, Chicken and Egg Project Hatched.

Dates & Locations

Tickets

Check the map to see where your closest screening is – tickets available via the links below:

22 Sept – Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London (closed showing for schools)

22 Sept – Crossroads Women’s Centre, London

23 Sept – Birkbeck Cinema, Unviersity of London – 17:00 (with CILAVS)
Tickets for Birkbeck Cinema

24 Sept – Gregson Arts & Community Centre, Lancaster – 19:00 (with Many Worlds On Film)
Tickets for Lancaster

25 Sept – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax – 16:00 (sponsored by Calderdale NEU)

26 Sept -The World Transformed Festival, Liverpool
Tickets for The World Transformed

27 Sept – Partizan Collective, Manchester – 19:00
Tickets for Manchester

29 Sept – BASE Community Co-op, Bristol – 18:00
Tickets for Bristol

30 Sept -Hamilton House, London – 17:00 (with NEU: London International Solidarity Network)
Tickets for Hamilton House

2 Oct – Pelican House, London – 17:00 (with United Voices of the World)
Tickets for Pelican House

Speaker Bios

During the tour, director Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso and producers Jordan Flaherty and Ewa Jasiewicz will be speaking to audiences, answering questions and meeting activists..

To arrange meetings or interviews, please contact press@londonminingnetwork.org

Jordan Flaherty

Producer

Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has produced dozens of hours of film and television, including for Al Jazeera’s Emmy, Peabody and DuPont-award winning program Faultlines; as well as short and long-form documentaries for Democracy Now and teleSUR, reporting in the New York Times and Washington Post, and writing two books based on his reporting. His journalism awards include awards from New America Media for Best Post-Katrina Reporting in the Ethnic Press, and from the National Headliner Awards for Best Broadcast Environmental Reporting. He began his producing career with the independent feature film Chocolate Babies, which was recently added to the Criterion Collection. 

Jordan has lectured at dozens of colleges, universities and conferences including Columbia University, Stanford Law School, Yale, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of California at Los Angeles, SUNY Stonybrook, and American University in Washington DC. You can find more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso

Director

Ivey Camille is an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker, and a recent fellow with the Firelight Media Documentary Filmmaker Lab. She started making films at the age of 9, through the Native youth media project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13 she made the award-winning fiction film In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based in the true story of her great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards. Ivey Camille continued to refine her filmmaking craft with a full scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She later returned home to work on films in her community of Navajo Nation. At the age of 19, Ivey Camille began work on Powerlands, her first feature.

Ewa Jasiewicz

Producer

Ewa Jasiewicz is a London-based writer and union organizer. She’s been part of solidarity initiatives on the ground in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as climate justice, anticapitalist and abolitionist movements in the UK, and no border struggles in Poland. Her first book Podpalic Gaze (Raze Gaza) was nominated for the Beata Pawlak Award. She has written for The Guardian, Independent, Al Jazeera and Le Monde Diplomatique Polish Edition. Powerlands is her first film.

Director’s Statement

My grandmother taught me how to stand on the frontlines. She taught me about the ways that my ancestors have resisted displacement since colonial settlers came here. When thinking about how to tell the stories in this film, I think first about the storytelling traditions I have learned from elders in my community. That is why this story is told through the stories, voices, and languages of Indigenous women.

 

I started making films at the age of nine, through the Native youth media project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13, I directed In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based in the true story of my great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864- 1868. At the age of 19, I started Powerlands, which took six years to film and edit.

For too long, others have been telling our stories. As an Indigenous filmmaker, I have seen the ways in which our stories are co-opted and stolen. This film is an intervention, a chance for our stories to be told by us, in our own languages.