Standing on Sacred Ground: Islands of Sanctuary

Toby McLeod & Kailea Frederick


Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church
    11445 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956, United States
  • Venue: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church
  • Cost: $20-$30 sliding scale; Free for students

~Co-presented with Sacred Land Film Project~

Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. are resisting threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

Standing on Sacred Ground is a four-part documentary series where native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling government mega-projects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change. This series exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment. In Australia’s Northern Territory, Aboriginal clans maintain Indigenous Protected Areas and resist the destructive effects of a mining boom. In Hawai`i, indigenous ecological and spiritual practices are used to restore the sacred island of Kaho`olawe after 50 years of military use as a bombing range.

Feb 23 at 7pm - Part 1: Pilgrims & Tourists with Chief Caleen Sisk

May 19 at 2pm - Part 2: Profit & Loss with Melissa Nelson

Sept 8 at 2pm - Part 3: Fire & Ice with Corrina Gould

Nov 16 at 7pm - Part 4: Islands of Sanctuary with Kailea Frederick

Toby McLeod

Toby McLeod is a journalist who works in film, video, print and still photography.  He has been Project Director of Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project since 1984. In 2013, he completed the four-part series Standing on Sacred Ground, which premiered on public television in April 2015. Previously, Toby produced and directed In the Light of Reverence (2001) and made three other award-winning, documentary films that were broadcast on national television: The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area? (1983), Downwind/Downstream (1988), and NOVA: Poison in the Rockies (1990). Toby has a master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in American History from Yale. He was a Mesa Refuge resident in 2016.

Kailea Frederick

Kailea Frederick is a mother and First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i, forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world view. She feels raised by wild spaces and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth. She has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences, and her project, Earth Is `Ohana, seeks to serve as a personal dedication to the many stories that have and continue to shape her.

Geography of Hope

In 2019, Geography of Hope is expanding from a one-weekend event to a year-long series of gatherings, pilgrimages, film screenings, conversations and art exhibits that explore the theme of “The Sacred in the Land.”

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Jun 22

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Jun 23

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Jul 16

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Sep 8

Standing on Sacred Ground: Fire & Ice Toby McLeod & Corrina Gould

Sep 13

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Sep 14

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Sep 29

Sacred in the Land: Seasonal Pilgrimages Kate Bunney and Walking Water Team

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