Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 6th 2013 Contents Today at the Green Screen
Environmental Film Series
National Museum and Art Gallery
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain
A Sea Change (36 mins)
This film looks at the effects of climate change,
deforestation and resource depletion in, T&T. A
Sea Change is a documentary film that takes the
viewer into the communities of Diego Martin,
Mayaro and Toco, where residents have noticed
changes. Their relationship with the natural
environment isn't the same and unexplained
things are happening.
Earth Water Woman (22 mins)
Earth, Water, Woman spotlights the Fondes
Amandes Community Reforestation Project in
T&T, and its charismatic leader Akilah Jaramogi, in
their ongoing efforts to transform barren hillsides
into a vibrant, healthy ecosystem. With gorgeous
cinematography by Swati Guild, this documentary
urges viewers to examine their relationship to
GE Short Programme (15 mins)
A series of short non-fiction films, focused on
the incredible human power of ideas and invention.
These movies tell the stories of visionaries such as
scientists, engineers, economists, and in some
cases everyday folks who have facilitated human
progress or reshaped our world by their efforts
Dirt! The Movie (86 mins)
A look at man's relationship with dirt. Dirt has
given us food, shelter, fuel, medicine, ceramics,
flowers, cosmetics and colour---everything needed
for our survival. We depend on dirt, but we abuse
and ignore it. We are destroying this natural
resource with our agriculture, our mining, and our
paving over the planet for cities. Around the globe,
pioneers are coming together to save earth's last
Some of the awards the film has won include,
Winner - Best Documentary---2009 Visions/Voices
Environmental Film Festival and Best Film for our
Future award at the 2009 Mendocino Film
En ToTo knows that
school and academics are
not enough to develop chil-
dren fully and prepare them
for all that lies ahead.
That is why the non-gov-
ernmental organisation is
dedicated to the development
of T&T s youth, using an all-
scholastic, social, personal
En ToTo became a char-
itable group in 2007, and its
projects include training in a wide range of areas,
from proper table manners to developing outdoor
Director and founder JoAnne Harroo-Black-
man listed some of the group s projects, saying
it has definitely touched over 6,000 lives since
She described a six-month weekly programme
for Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) stu-
dents in a variety of topics and life skills like
social etiquette, table manners, sports, and music.
On November 29, the group will be "rewarding
excellence" among top performers at the SEA
within the Port-of-Spain district, by holding a
function, as well as a start-up bank account.
Roughly 110 students will be given $500 to start
a deposit-only account, with the objective of
teaching them the value of saving their money
for the future.
"It will build their responsibility with money
and how they manage it," she said.
By the age of 18, the grown-ups would then
have saved money over a seven-year period.
For the weekend of December 13 to 15, En
ToTo has planned a camp at the Teteron Barracks
called Camp Omni, which is intended to build
character and leadership skills. According to
Harroo-Blackman, about 40 children will be
housed there for the weekend, facilitated mainly
by the T&T Defence Force.
The NGO was founded by Harroo-Blackman
and her husband Michael Blackman. Originally,
it was registered as an events planning and mar-
keting consultancy company, but was then refo-
cused to take on charitable causes.
Harroo-Blackman said when students were
asked to sum up what they ve learnt in one word,
answers like "respect" and "confidence" made
her know her group s work was worth it.
"It s like yes, you are making a difference. You
are changing a life. Maybe they will go back into
the home and multiply that effect. It s invaluable."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 6, 2013
En Toto dedicated to
Students and parents at En Toto registration.
Dirt! The Movie shows how pioneers
around the globe are coming together to
save earth's last natural resource.
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