Award-winning documentary “Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World” is being shown on Friday

Documentary film marks Earth Day

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World will play locally

Featured at an Earth Day 2016 film night, the award-winning documentary “Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World” is being shown on Friday, April 22 at Agassiz United Church.

Produced and directed by Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessel (his partner in life and filmmaking) the movie “…expertly mixes gorgeous footage—whales, seal, the sky and sea—with cogent tales of practical living and activism,” according to Chris Knight’s review in the National Post following the film’s prize-winning premiere.

Visual artist Jayne Patrick, who was Artist in Residence sponsored by Haida Gwaii Museum and Gwaii Haanas National Park in 2014 will be in person at the event.

Patrick will share some of her insights and experiences expressed in her art.

“My paint and canvas hold my joy, love, fear and despair for our planet and our future,” the artist said. “We must mind the gap between urban living and far away ecosystems. Like the Haida we must all reconnect with forgotten values, find our voices and accept individual responsibility in both the problems and the solutions if we are to bathe in the light of optimism.”

Earth Day observance each year is an opportunity to increase awareness to threats to the environment and to participate in activities to protect and promote harmony with nature.

• At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 join with other community members to learn more about this world of ours, watch a beautiful film, view works of art and see displays by local environmental groups at Agassiz United Church. For more information visit the Facebook page: Social Justice/Earth Day Film Festival. Admission is by donation and refreshments are provided.