Cherie Hill IrieDance presents Seeds of Hope, a dance film premiere along with a panel discussion on environmental justice, art, and race. The event is inspired by Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai’s activism brought hope, empowerment, and new governance to thousands of women and Kenyan citizens. Upon hearing about Maathai’s activism, Cherie Hill became moved to create a dance around the story, emotions, and actions of Wangari and the Green Belt Movement women who risked their lives to plant trees throughout Kenya. The dance film, shot and edited by Alexa Burrell, will premiere as part of this event.
Moderated by A-lan Holt (Director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, Poet, Writer, Playwright, Filmmaker) and featuring panelists Cherie Hill (Choreographer, Artistic Director of IrieDance, Dance Educator), Elizabeth Addison (Exhibition Chair, Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA), Visual Artist, Curator, Educator), Lauren Buffaloe-Muscatine (Managing editor, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science), Constance Okollet (Founding Member, Climate Wise Women, Chairperson, Osukuru United Women’s Network), and Coco Peila (Director of Hip-Hop & Climate Justice, MC, Singer, Songwriter, Rap god.dess).