ALBANY -- A documentary film about how women around the world are working for change in their communities will screen at the Albany Twin Theater at 7 p.m. April 29. Proceeds for the showing of "Arise" will benefit Planting Justice, an Oakland-based nonprofit group dedicated to food justice, economic justice and sustainable local food systems. The event is being put on by Transition Albany and Transition Berkeley.

Executive producer Molly Ross, an environmental activist and philanthropist, is scheduled to answer questions at the screening.

"Arise" is a collaboration between Denver-based filmmaker Lori Joyce and her daughter Candice Orlando. The two, who began work on the project in 2005, share directing credit.

"I've been in the business for about 30 years and she has worked with me on a couple of shorter pieces for public television," Joyce said.

The filmmakers examined political issues, peace and justice issues and women's issues in the film.

"We asked ourselves what's the most important issue that all of us are facing on the planet, and that's climate change," Joyce said.

They also focused on both "powerful" women, such as politicians, as well as "ordinary" women in poor communities all over the world. Filming took place in Kenya, Ecuador and Israel as well as the United States. The project took seven years to complete, in large part due to the need to raise funds before traveling to each country for filming.


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Joyce noted that sometimes when people see documentaries, they leave the theater feeling hopeless. She and her daughter worked hard to present a different outlook.

"We wanted to create something that gave people hope and so far the reaction from the audiences seems to be that," she said.

Orlando has become involved in Transition Denver, which works much like Transition Albany. The transition model promotes several environmental and economic causes, such as reducing reliance on fossil fuels and encouraging sustainable urban agriculture. Joyce said that "Arise" includes a scene that transformed Orlando and led to her involvement in the Transition movement.

"She graduated with a degree in environmental studies and didn't quite know what she was going to do with it," Joyce said. "We were filming in Ecuador and went out to harvest with them one morning. It's quite a ritual with drums and flutes and the women do a ritual where they honor the earth. It moved her so much that she was sobbing in the middle of the cornfield. She came back and decided that's what she wanted to do, transform front yards, backyards, empty lots here in Denver. This is her fifth year as an urban farmer."

Details: transitionalbany.org/event/arise/

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