Movie: Extreme sport meets activism

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
January 30th, 2019

Extreme sport meets indigenous activism in The Radicals, a provocative film by Beyond Boarding, at the Miners’ Hall in Rossland on February 7, at 7:00 pm.  An official selection of the Banff Mountain Film Festival (2018), the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (2018), Whistler Film Festival (2018), and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2019), The Radicals is an adventure worth witnessing – brought to us by the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

“The Kootenays has a reputation for the activism and athleticism of the locals,” said Erin Thompson, Community Engagement Coordinator at the West Kootenay EcoSociety. “The Radicals shows what it means to merge the two identities in a way that I think a lot of people can relate to.”   

The movie follows an active group of snowboarders and surfers who are inspired by what they discover in their respective sports to join the world of frontline activism along the West Coast of Canada. Honouring the stewards of this land since time immemorial, they join land defenders fighting for the protection of their traditional territories, including all its living inhabitants. 

According to Tamo Campos, film director and grandson of famed environmentalist David Suzuki, “The Radicals takes its audience beyond the slopes and beaches and challenges outdoor sports enthusiasts to reflect on their relationship to the land.”

Tickets are $15 general admission, available at ecosociety.ca or at Out of the Cellar.

For those who can’t attend on February 7, there is a screening at the Civic Theatre in Nelson on February 6, also at 7:00 pm; tickets are available at the Civic Theatre or civictheatre.ca

What is the West Kootenay EcoSociety? It is a non-profit community-driven organization that works to bring together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities in the West Kootenay region.

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