Wednesday, March 27 – 7:00 PM
Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary
ABOUT THE FILM
Pad Yatra: A Green Oddyssey is presented as part of NUTV’s environmentally-themed Greenlite Arts Festival. Shot with solar power by Ladakhi monk Ngawang Sodpa, the film features United Nations MDG Honoree H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa and supporter Aamir Khan. The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and it is the debut feature project of writer/director Wendy J.N. Lee.
This film’s story opens in Ladakh, India (“Little Tibet”), during the aftermath of a freak weather phenomenon known as a cloudburst. Several inches of rain fall in the first sixty seconds, decimating the area with an apocalyptic cascade of mudslides and flash floods. As incidences like this increase over time, entire cultures are now under threat of dispersion, not by the hand of genocide or war, but by the climate chaos associated with global warming.
A cry for survival, the “eco-Pad Yatra” seen in the film was a trek of unparalleled danger, designed to spread the modern message of environmental compassion by human’s most basic means –by walking, village to village, and showing by example. Collecting trash and plastic from water sources, the trekkers educated remote villages on reusing non-biodegradable materials, planting trees, and how to live responsibly as their traditional lives are now changing.
Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, the 700 trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.
30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING with writer/director of the film Wendy J.N. Lee.
All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.
Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)
All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.