The Richmond Food Security Society is co-sponsoring the screening of Ashes to Honey on Sunday, July17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, in the Council Chambers. The film documents the impact of a proposed nuclear power plant on an island community in Japan. Many parallels can be drawn between the issues in the film and the proposed jet fuel pipeline in Richmond, said Arzeena Hamir, coordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society.
When I first saw the film, I immediately thought of the proposed YVR jet fuel pipeline and the impact it would have on our own fisheries and farmland in Richmond, said Hamir. Post-Fukushima, its an aerie tale.
When residents of Iwaishima Island, Japan heard that a nuclear power plant was to be built across the bay from their fishing and farming grounds, they immediately began protesting. Twenty-eight years later, the power plant has yet to be built and islanders continue to educate the Japanese community about the beauty of their community and the importance of fishing and farming to their livelihoods.
Musician Shing02 (Victor Omega) will also be on hand after the screening to discuss the movie. An MC activist, rapper-songwriter, producer, peace advocate, Shing02 is the director of the soundtrack of Ashes to Honey. He has been passionately and actively involved in the anti-nuclear energy movement.