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Our Language, Our Culture  -  (7 min. 2018) Elders from both Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation share stories with the students of importance language. Language and culture are intertwined and the revitalization of our local languages is critical in allowing culture to thrive. Elders: Martina Pierre, Bucky Johns. Bob Baker, Produced by School District 48, Copyright Squamish Nation and School District...

Yalis Rising

Yalis Rising  - Celebrating the T’lisalagi’lakw School  –  29 min. 2019 Produced by ‘Namgis First Nation –  A film by Ed Carswell Conceived and built by the ‘Namgis First Nation, the T’lisalagi’lakw Elementary School holds the deep spirit of Alert Bay, BC.  The students learn traditional songs and dances in anticipation of a year-end Potlatch celebration. For the Elders, teachers, and community this event is a sign of Yalis (Alert Bay) Rising. With vivid west coast imagery, this film reveals one of  the best examples of cultural revitalization on the the Pacific...

Ecology Transforms Youth

Ecology Transforms Youth (35 min. 2019) Travel with several youth as they explore the rivers and estuaries of the Comox Valley. Created by Wendy Kotilla in 2004, the Youth and Ecological Restoration program has had over 330 participants. Young people work with local researchers and environmental groups, while learning ecological restoration, wildlife rehabilitation and scientific methods. Guided by the power of nature, YER employs ecotherapy practices and mentoring support for youth to gain a sense of worth, belonging and place. See youthecology.ca for more info on the Youth and Ecological Restoration...

Cooperativa – La Lucha Sigue (40 min. 2019)

co-produced by Carswellfilm.ca, World Community & Cafe Etico Journey to several organic coffee farms in the jungle highlands of Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico).  Farmers discuss how their fair trade arrangements with the co-ops have brought some security to their families. The film also follows the process of both cacao and milk production through remote regions of what is considered the poorest country in Central America. . Carswell has just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and will share stories and video of his encounters at several coffee farms and co-ops in both Pancasan and Dalia, Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee).  The farmers talk about the benefits of fairly-traded, organic coffee and what working with the co-ops  has meant to their daily lives. “It was an incredible experience. The images and sounds were all-encompassing”. says Carswell. “We were in some very remote areas with people eager to share their deep  knowledge of the land and all its biological diversity.  We learned how shade grown, organic coffee plantations can be part of a healthy ecosystem. In the tiny pueblo of  Pancasan farmers sell not only coffee to the co-ops but also cocoa and milk.  In the larger town of Dalia they sell coffee, cocoa, and honey.” The film was partially funded by both World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico (CoDev). Carswellfilm.ca will create a short promo film for both organisations as well a a longer...