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The Sacred Land Film Project Community

Since 1984, Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project has produced a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, reports, school curricula materials and Web content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice.
Our mission is to use film, journalism and education to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and help protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices. For the last two decades we have focused on the production and distribution of documentary films, including In the Light of Reverence (2001), and our four-part series on sacred places around the world, Standing on Sacred Ground (2013).
Awards for “In the Light of Reverence”. Best Documentary Feature, American Indian Film Festival
. Eagle Award, Taos Talking Picture Festival
. Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
. Jury Award, MountainFilm, Telluride
. Best Documentary, Wilbur Awards, Religion Communicators Council
. Second Place, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
. Best Cinematography/Videography Award, Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival
. Certificate of Excellence, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
. CINE Golden Eagle
. Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, 2005
. Award of Excellence, Indian Summer Film and Video Image Awards, 2004
. Finalist, Best Film on Mountain Culture, 2001 BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Source: Sacred Land Film Project is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Christopher (Toby) McLeod

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Why support Us

We have completed production of the Standing on Sacred Ground series and are transforming it into a powerful tool indigenous communities can use to protect their sacred lands around the world. To do so we have created the Sacred Ground Action Fund.

Your generous support of the Sacred Ground Action Fund will help protect sacred lands around the world by providing the resources:

. Finish translating and customizing each episode for maximum effectiveness by indigenous communities.

. Bring indigenous activists to screenings for opinion leaders and decision-makers who hold the fate of sacred lands in their hands.

. Help indigenous leaders collaborate with allies from around the world by convening a Sacred Lands Guardians Conference.

. Mentor indigenous filmmakers and provide a webcasting platform for their work.

Help make it happen!