Host a Screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild
Posted on November 04, 2013 by Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director
At Power Shift 2013 which occurred from October 18-21st in Pittsburgh, PA, The NAACP in partnership with Kids vs. Global Warming launched the Beasts of the Southern Wild - Climate Change Resilience Awareness Raising Initiative by screening the film and hosting a discussion with 50+ participants. You, too, can become a leader in this climate change awareness raising inititive.
To participate, you are encouraged to host you own Beasts of the Southern Wild Film Screening** and discussion about climate change resilience in your community, on your campus/at your school, etc.
Through the generosity of Fox Searchlight Productions, we have free dvds of Beasts of the Southern Wild for distribution. To get your copy of the Beasts of the Southern Wild Climate Resilience Awareness Raising Package, which includes a DVD and Discussion Guide, you must have your first event planned and confirmed. You can sign up and request a copy by clicking here.
If you already have a copy of the film, please click here to download a copy of the discussion guide so that you can host your screening. Please send us pictures of your screening event and we’ll post in on the website and feature the event in our quarterly newsletter.
**Beasts of the Southern Wild Film- WINNER of NAACP Independent Film and Directing Image Awards
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film wrapped around a metaphorical theme about climate change impacts and community resilience.
The film focuses on a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee as young Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl, exists on the brink of orphan hood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Since the film’s release, it was also nominated for four Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards; in the categories Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin),Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Best Actress in a leading role (Quvenzhané Wallis/ Hushpuppy). At age 9, Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history. In 2013, the film also earned two Image Awards in the categories of: Outstanding Independent Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television).