From: Mike Kennedy
Chair, FRFF Board
On Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Somsen Auditorium on the Winona State University campus, the Frozen River Film Festival will present its opening night film and speaker. The film “Living Downstream” is a powerful and compelling insight into the connections between human rights and the environment. The speaker is the author, as well as the subject of the book and film adaptation. Sandra Steingraber Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment and long-term exposure to toxic pollutants. A cancer survivor herself, she was heralded by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson.” Carson is the author of “Silent Spring,” a 1962 pivotal exposé of the dangers of ignoring our connections to clean air, water and agricultural practices.
This is a unique opportunity for Winona and regional attendees to view professional documented evidence regarding environmental links to cancer and human health. You will also hear in person the author describe her journey and its effect on her family, motherhood and her hopes for the future of our homeland. This is the perfect public presentation for a community that could be an epicenter for the handling and transportation of products from the largest industrial-scale frac sand mining operation in the nation, located uphill in our county by St. Charles. Our historic river and beautiful blufflands provide us with a high quality of life that requires our constant vigil to help maintain their health and viability…and thus our own.
Please come see this educational and moving documentary, as well as many of the more than 40 other films, workshops and performance events that will be held over the long weekend of the Festival. Log on to www.frff.org and view or make up your own preferred screening schedule. Several ticket purchasing options and prices are available. I know there is something you will enjoy at this years Festival.
Our Mission: The Frozen River Film Festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world.