Screenings of Elemental may be accompanied by:
documentary subject Eriel Tcheckwie Deranger
director: Emmanuel Vaughn Lee
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directed by Emmanuel Vaughn Lee and Gayatri Roshan | 93 minutes | 2013 | documentary
Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect.
Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent.
And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work?
Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.
“Three environmental activists around the globe are profiled in ELEMENTAL and their efforts are duly inspiring and the related issues
imposing…an interesting view of eco-warriors at work…Editing smoothly weaves between the three strands, with assembly polished in other departments as well, notably an expansive string-based original score.
” Dennis Harvey, VARIETY
“ELEMENTAL is a rare, fresh look at environmental issues and sustainability that does not shy away from the personal impact the decisions to dedicate one’s life to a cause entails…ELEMENTAL is fascinating…with alarming intimacy…director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee ties these threads together masterfully.” John Fink, THE FILM STAGE
“One of the top docs at Austin Film Festival” Austin American Statesman
“One of the best 5 docs at Mill Valley Film Festival” SF MAGAZINE
“Beautifully shot, heartbreaking, informative, and compelling” Joey Horan, Off to the Films
“Truly moving and engaging…one of the better environmental documentaries out there.” Nick Guzman, Lost In Reviews
“Inspirational…The pro-active protagonists lift it from the muck of feel-bad documentaries.” St. Louis Post Dispatch