Film about disappearing island to be screened

PORT ANGELES — Three screenings of “Island Road,” a film about an indigenous community confronted with the disappearance of their home, are scheduled next week through Peninsula College.

The film “confronts the reality of the global climate emergency with powerful and personal stories,” focusing on a community in southern Louisiana where people are being displaced from their homes, according to a press release from the college.

The film’s website at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8844174/ also says that dredging of canals in the Gulf of Mexico by oil companies and levee engineering in the Mississippi Delta are responsible along with rising sea levels and more frequent and powerful hurricanes precipitated by climate change as the leading causes of the island’s erosion.

Screenings will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday. To view them, go to https://pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/81727 615841, The meeting ID is 817 2761 5841.

Screenings are free. Run time is 73 minutes.

The Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe “has resided on the Isle de Jean Charles for seven or eight generations, since the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced them from their ancestral home. However due to coastal erosion, the Isle de Jean Charles has been disappearing,” the film’s website says.

“Through intimate and quiet interviews, the stories and voices of tribal members are highlighted. Interviewees describe their relationship to the disappearing land, their concerns around food sources, and their families’ and communities’ histories, current struggles and joys, and uncertain futures.”

The screenings are presented through Magic of Cinema, Studium Generale, and the House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse.

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