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DATE: March 30, 2021

The Friday Harbor Film Festival Director Series presents a varied selection of not-to-be-missed documentaries to brighten your life each month. Beginning April 1, in honor of Earth Day, four feature films will be available 24/7 at -- AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock; My Country No More; No Fear No Favor; and From Seed to Seed. Screen all for only $9.95 with our Celebrating Earth Day 2021 Pass or each film for $2.95. Free scheduled livestream Q&As are planned for each film, with dates and times announced in early April.


AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock (directed by Myron Dewey, Josh Fox & James Spione) is a record of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s massive peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to Illinois. passing through their land and underneath the Missouri River, threatening this source of drinking water for over 18 million people.

My Country No More (directed by Rita Baghdadi & Jeremiah Hammerling) Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in one of the country’s most rural communities. This film challenges the notion of "progress" as it questions the long-term human consequences of short-term approaches to land use.

No Fear No Favor (directed by Mirra Bank) illuminates wrenching choices faced by impoverished Africans who live where community meets wilderness—on the front lines of Africa's poaching crisis. The residents protect wildlife, return eco-tourism profits to local people, and generate sustainable livelihoods.

From Seed to Seed (directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer) follows two Canadians who left their careers in opera to pursue their true passion: ecological farming. Blending age-old traditions with cutting edge science they develop improved methods for growing healthy food within a supportive community, while accepting the realities of a changing climate.

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