Still from Hand On Women Climate Change
Still from Hand On Women Climate Change

On Demand

Hands On: Women, Climate, Change

by Liz Miller, Nupur Basu, Mary Kiio, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier & Karen Winther
A film featuring women tackling the issue of climate justice with a focus on the Canadian Tar Sands.
2014  ·  48m  ·  Canada
Cree, English, French, Inuktitut, Norwegian, Tamil
English subs
About the Film
HANDS-ON profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies. This collaborative doc offers unique perspectives across cultures and generations; A young woman challenges the expansion of oil rigs in the North Sea while a seasoned community organizer interprets satellite weather reports for fisherman struggling to survive on India’s increasingly volatile coast. Silje Lundberg runs the only youth environmental organization in Norway, leading 7000 members in a campaign to prevent arctic oil exploration around the largest cold coral reef in the world. Following the devastating impacts of cyclone Thane, Maheshvari became a community leader and through her daily announcements, she delivers satellite information on weather conditions to ensure the safety of struggling fisherman in her coastal community of Veerampattinam, India. Researcher Jose Gerin-Lajoie is developing research methods with Cree and Inuit Communities in Quebec to share knowledge and ensure that research initiatives to address climate change take into account those most impacted. Jasmine Thomas of Saik’uz First Nation (Canada) is leading a coalition to prevent efforts to build a tar sands pipeline across her community that threatens water security and contributes to global warming. After years of contributing to reforestation and climate change policies in Kenya, Annabell Waititu is training women farmers in sustainable practices, ensuring their voices are taken into account when developing national policies and helping women understand their rights.
Upcoming Screenings

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Rebecca Lessard, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier, Jerry William Ochieng and Sindre Hovden
Alphonse V R, Peter Cambell, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier, William Inganga and Karen Winther
Liz Miller
Eva Cvijanovic
Soundtrack Composer
Rebecca Lessard, Jacob Lessard and Carl Spidla
V. Uma Maheswari, Mohan Kumar, Matthew Mukash, John Paul Obomsawin, Evelyn Kand-Ethe and Jerry William Ochieng
Sound Recorder
Ian Bobbish and John Kamicha
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About the Director

Nupur Basu


Mary Kiio


Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier


Liz Miller

Liz Miller is a documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns. She provides training to human rights, labor, and women’s organizations in media production, digital storytelling, and media advocacy campaigns. Years of documentary media experience and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a powerful educational tool. Liz teaches media production in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and she has been on the board of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television for six years. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization and immigration have won awards and been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers. Having lived in Central and South America for over six years, she continues to collaborate with groups in the region and her newest project, En la casa, la cama y la calle (at home, in bed and in the streets) is a collaboration with the feminist organization in Nicaragua Puntos de Encuentro.

Other films by Liz Miller

Karen Winther