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Finding Oasis: This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

February 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Black banner with gold lettering reads "Finding Oasis." Delicately patterned, decorative golden hemispheres flank the banner on either side.

This 3 part suite of virtual programs is designed by and prioritizes BIPOC communities interested in reparative relationships with the land. We understand that distinct communities have differing definitions of and needs from land justice work. Finding Oasis looks to global examples of Indigenous-led land justice films to inspire regional dialogues between Indigenous and Black communities connecting with land in the Pacific Northwest. In post-screening break out affinity groups, we will we will name the history and limitation of white supremacy, hold space for story-telling and processing, and connect with food sovereignty projects and offer arts-integrated actionable steps and strategies to deepen BIPOC community connections with local land.

February 15th 6:30pm PST: BIPOC Post-Screening Circle: “This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection” Register here!
In our first workshop of the series, facilitators and speakers will hold a post screening discussion in BIPOC affinity space after audiences have viewed the Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s work entitled “This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”in partnership with the Cascade Festival of African Films and BEAM Village. The film can be viewed anytime between 7pm on Feb 13th through this event.

In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits her son’s return from working in the South African mines, only to learn of his demise instead. Yearning for her own death after the loss of her last remaining family member, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are abruptly upset by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Mantoa resolves herself to defend the spiritual heritage of the community.

Facilitators: Blanca Villalobos, Felipe Fontes Delfino, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, and Aviva McClure




Signal Fire
Cascade Festival of African Films
BEAM Village


Wheelchair accessible, Sensory-friendly, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC-owned, BIPOC-curated, BIPOC artist(s), Women curated, Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ curated, LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
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Black banner with decorative golden lettering that reads "Finding Oasis." On either side, decorative golden hemispheres.
Event Type
Film & Video, Lectures & Panels, Other
Pandemic Info
Online Only