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Two Films for Change at Writers’ Conference

By Maia Williams and Nathan Feuerberg

For lovers of documentary films that focus our attention on crucial issues of our day, here are two not to miss:

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything is a film inspired by the international best selling non-fiction book of the same name by Naomi Klein. Avi Lewis, the director of the film, will present the film and conduct a Q&A after the screening.

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Presenting seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond, the film is interwoven with stories of struggle and Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.

Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: We can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Women’s rights are human rights

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Woman was held in Beijing, China in September of 1995. World leaders and activists from across the globe came together creating the largest gathering of women’s advocates in history.

This ground-breaking UN event was convened by Kristen Timothy. As United Nations Deputy Director of Women’s Rights, Timothy’s work resulted in a gathering in China of 50,000 women and men.

In February, she will be presenting a film, Makers: Once and For All, which tells the story of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which includes original interview archival footage with Hillary Rodham Clinton and others. The film captures the suspenseful months leading up to Beijing and the high-stakes drama of the event itself. Through the eyes of global leaders and grassroots women, it offers a window into Beijing’s historic days, its impact, and its unfinished legacy.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference Presents Two Films for Change
This Changes Everything
Q&A with Director Avi Lewis
Sat, Feb 18, 12:30–2:30pm
Once and For All: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
Q&A with Kristen Timothy, UN Convener, World Conference on Women 1995
Sat, Feb 18, 3–5pm
Tickets US$10
In-person: January 2017 Literary Sala events
Screenings: Hotel Real de Minas ballroom

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