Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sanity and Humanity

Revisiting the 1990 film Uranium, Intercontinental Cry features this National Film Board of Canada documentary on the nuclear contamination of indigenous peoples. Narrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie, and showcasing a younger rising leader by the name of Winona LaDuke, this remarkable film also includes a translation by native film star Gary Farmer, who, like La Duke, has continued to inspire and mentor indigenous artists and environmental activists across North America. As someone who came of age during the anti-war, anti-nuclear movement of the 1960s and 70s, the continuity of promoting peace by such honored elders as Sainte-Marie — who was once blacklisted for her peace songs — is a poignant reminder that the struggle for environmental sanity and harmonious humanity are one and the same.

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