Immuto Film Screening and Conversation
with Professor Noy Holland and Island Reach activists & filmmakers Janis Steele & Brooks McCutchen
Immuto (Change) helps stimulate the processes of intellectual, emotional, and ethical decolonization needed to change the course of the climate emergency and biocultural collapse. Shot in 2019 in Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Morocco, the EU, UK, and US (including on the UMASS campus), Immuto features stories of crisis and action told by compelling changemakers living and working on the frontlines. More than just compelling stories, however, these agents of change address viewers directly, calling for the mutual recognition and solidarity required for our varied yet interrelated struggles to safeguard our planet’s biodiversity, adapt to the rapid changes, demand climate justice, and draw down carbon. As one Ni-Vanuatu asserts, looking the viewer in the eye and prevailing on our minds and hearts, "how might we find a way to walk side by side so that together we can benefit the whole world." The screening is 44 minutes.
Free and open to the public.
This public screening is part of MFA Professor Noy Holland's graduate seminar, Art in the Anthropocene in which students traverse the territory between art and citizenship. How do we shape and sustain ourselves in a damaged and crumbling era, in the midst of the sixth extinction, in the face of the news of the lethal experiment we have been for decades conducting on the planet? What are the limits of compassion? What is the solace of beauty? What are the possibilities of action? Can art help us see beyond, and help others see beyond, the grief and loss that we inherit?
The screening is also part of an interdisciplinary semester-long series, Transforming Crisis, illuminating ecological crises and addressing climate injustice in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center, the MFA, and the School of Earth and Sustainability.