The Public Offerings are reflections of the artists’ questions, insights, learnings or provocations that have developed from their participation in the circle. The purpose of the offerings is to bring nuance, complexity, direction or even clarity to others creating stories or doing narrative work around climate displacement, climate migration or climate refugees.
Directly across from my grandparents backyard was a large smoke stack that spelled Boca Chica in all caps letters. Boca Chica is the town’s name and the name of the sugar mill founded in 1916 where my grandfather worked as the chief chemist for almost 45 years.
where is home?
is it where
you rest your head nightly hoping
to wake up safe
with every thing still intact, whole, and healthy
There is a group of marshes in southern Iraq where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet. One of them is called Chibayish. It is where I was filming in November...
Storyline (Rachel Falcone & Michael Premo)
Despite having focused on a core theme of Home across many projects, the Storyline team are constantly innovating on form and aesthetic based on the circumstances of their documentary work. In this interview they discuss the contrasting forms of two of their most well-known projects Water Warriors and Sandy Storyline.
From here on out, all problems are also problems of climate catastrophe. We didn't ask for it, but ours are the generations who must begin to clean up the wreckage if, in fact, we do not wish to perish in this wreckage....
What is participatory action film making? What happens when a filmmaker applies the principles of a Just Transition to telling stories? Over two decades, filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi has been developing his framework of Living Documentary. He outlines it in detail for the first time here.
The Catalysts are small interventions made by the artists to catalyze thinking and practice around climate displacement. Audience for these may be specific and targeted or they may be broad. They point us toward bigger ideas and possibilities in the growth of this work.
As part of a group of works about the southern marshlands of Iraq, Alia Farid is compiling field recordings of interspecies communication between water buffalo and their human caretakers. The buffalo calls, made by marsh residents, are a combination of Arabic, short guttural sounds, and song. Both human and non-human residents of the area have faced mass displacement due to years of war over oil and territory with neighboring countries backed by the West. The field recordings document the place-based interdependence and complex ecosystem of the area. The recordings will be accompanied by an interview with anthropologist Bridget Guarasci and curator Ruba Katrib.
A short film that examines climate catastrophe and displacement — expressions and outcomes of late-stage global capitalism and border securitization — through an immersive exploration of shipping containers. Through the lens of shipping logistics, Puck will explore the baffling scale and contingency of our human-created systems in the natural world.
A ‘playshop’ centering community arts as healing and storytelling as transformative praxis. The playshop will be for Gulf South residents directly impacted by climate displacement during the pandemic-era hurricane seasons of 2020 and 2021, particularly Hurricanes Ida and Zeta in Southeast Louisiana. The ‘playshop’ will feature local artists and practitioners, building on Jayeesha’s arts, culture, and healing justice work which asserts climate displacement is not just about the displacement of our physical bodies, but also our spirit, soul and being.
As part of the ongoing screenings and organizing connected to the release of We Still Here/Nos Tenemos, Eli will bring the film to North Richmond California for a public, outdoor screening with the community land trust Richmond LAND as they work to reclaim unused housing sites.
A series of drawings that expand on Lizania’s Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary that specifically looks into the legacy of sugar cane plantations in the Dominican Republic on racialization, border securitization, climate catastrophe and her own family history.
Storyline (Rachel Falcone & Michael Premo)
As internet technology changes, what becomes of digital projects and their lasting imprint. Rachel and Michael will archive their landmark project Sandy Storyline, a collaboratively documented media project about Hurricane Sandy in the New York City area.