Sanctuary for Independent Media 2018 spring

A trailer for the documentary Sembène, about the influential filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. The Sanctuary will be hosting a screening with the makers of the doc.

The upcoming spring season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. As usual, it includes workshops, talks, screenings, and performances on topics ranging from the environment to social justice to art (and sometimes all those things at once).

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Admission is $10 / $5 for students and low income unless noted. Blurbage via Sanctuary for Independent Media.

April 13-15: Ruderal Ecologies: Grounds for Change
"A weekend symposium weaving together environmental sustainability and social justice themes, showcasing feminist, indigenous and African-American perspectives."
+ Friday: Keynote - "Decolonizing the Anthropocene" with Heather Davis and Zoe Todd
+ Saturday: All-day workshops and panels (scheduled at link). Closing keynote - "Environmental Justice in the Capital Region" with Aaron Mair.
+ Sunday: Biomapping Brunch with bio-artist Oliver Kellhammer and Collard City Growers' Azuré Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos - "Explore the ever-changing biodiverse ecologies of our North Troy neighborhood using a combination of bio-blitzing and community cartography."

Events are free, but registration is requested.

April 21: Oyster by Joe Diebes
"A modern multimedia opera about iconic folklorist Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics system of categorizing world music, set in the lull between the McCarthy era and the advancing information technology age."

April 23: Sembène with filmmakers Samba Gadjio and Jason Silver
"Meet Ousmane Sembène, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon and blazed the trail for generations of writers, filmmakers and scholars."

April 27: Healing Voices
"A film screening and panel to challenge the cultural understanding of 'mental illness' with a critical look at America's broken mental health care system and a message of recovery."

May 6: Taylor Ho Bynum and Tomas Fujiwara
"Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara incorporate all manner of inspiration into their purely musical dialogues to celebrate the roots and branches of jazz."

May 12: Troy Bike Rescue BikeFest
"Come celebrate with Troy's bike-friendly community and help keep Troy Bike Rescue doors open as a volunteer-run bicycle resource center for all-ages. Food, music, and cakes will be served!"

June 2: Freedom Festival
"Join us outdoors in Freedom Square for our sixth annual Freedom Festival! There'll be free music, free food, free art activities and all kinds of fun!"

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