Gwala Rising

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Mon, Sep 10, 2018 8:15 PM

Lisa F. Jackson & Sara Teale, USA. A small community in Baja California battles an American mega-development that threatens their water, their beach, and their heritage.

Film Info
Director:Stephani Gordon
Year of Production:2018
Healthy Food Systems
Indigenous People
Wildlife Protection
Running Time:13 min.


Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands depicts the revitalization of traditional conservation practices in the islands of Papua New Guinea. The community of Anagusa Island is combating the effects of climate change and protecting the coral reefs they rely on using "gwala": the traditional practice of setting aside a reef or forest area to allow the ecosystem to recover. Gwala is helping the community of Anagusa Island prosper - empowering men and women with improved access to food and livelihoods.

Winner of the 2018 Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award.

Stephani GordonBefore becoming a filmmaker, Stephani Gordon spent twelve years as a marine field biologist, most of it at sea or on remote islands. As a result, her films are infused with her passion and experience working as a field researcher in these intact ecosystems. Stephani has filmed for PBS, National Geographic, NOAA, the National Park Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her films have received international recognition and have been shown at film festivals worldwide.