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Travelling World Film Festival Screens The Call of the Hummingbird documentary    Sat Jan 26, 2008, Peterborough, ON

Our natural world is cracking under the strain of human consumption. In the gorgeous setting of central Brazil, a rag tag of group of 1000 permaculture experts, Rastafarians, health care workers, Hare Krishnas, NGO executives and contact improvisational dancers work towards a do-it-yourself action plan to make the world a better place in 13 days.

But how can you build utopia if no one is taking out the garbage? Welcome to "Survivor" for social change addicts where consensus is the only way to make any decision. Anyone can speak. For as long as they like about whatever they want. And they do. Out of the 400 who volunteered, only a quarter actually show up to work. Culture clashes abound in a group that can't even agree to go by the Gregorian or the Mayan calendar (significantly, the latter ends on December 21, 2012). But despite the seemingly unwieldy process, consensus slowly builds, dialogue happens, the garbage is dealt with and attitudes shift. A fascinating exploration of the challenges in organizing for social change.

A film by Alice Klein - the co-founder, editor and CEO of Toronto’s NOW Magazine, a free alternative news and entertainment weekly with a weekly readership of 355,000. As an accomplished writer and passionate observer of social movements, Klein has covered a breadth of subjects ranging from Canada and the global economy to behind the scenes at the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra initiation. This year, Klein has added documentary film- making to her editing, writing and publishing career. Call of the Hummingbird, her first film, has been honoured as an official selection at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Toronto’s Hot Docs, the International Environmental Film Festival of Catalonia (FICMA) in Barcelona, DOCSDF in Mexico City and the Beats Breaks and Culture Festival at Harbourfront.


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