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From Congo to Oakland:  Connecting for Climate Justice

For Petna’s newest film, he is partnering with Indigenous leaders deep in the Congo Basin who are organizing to protect the world’s second-largest rainforest against accelerated attacks from extractive industries that threaten our collective future. His tim wi elevate the impacts of international funding to efforts that do not prioritize the local and Indigenous communities as key decision-makers and provide a tool for their advocacy efforts.

Join us for a dynamic evening of conversation, food, and possibly even some fun dancing! Together. we’ll learn how our movements can be strengthened as we connect across continents.

This is a free family-friendly gathering where there will be an option to make a donation. Al tinancia contributions received will go to support the making of Petna’s film and the organizing work of the Indigenous communities in the Congo Basin rainforest.

Speaker:  Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific on Wednesday May 10th

Ohlone Land at MetWest High
314 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94606

For more information call Ph: 202-584-6512 or

Email info@friendsofthecongo.org


I’m excited to share that there will be two evenings with a dynamic community leader and filmmaker, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, from the Congo next week. Hope you can join us and please help spread the word. Attached is a flyer for our Oakland event and below is a letter from Petna with more details about his work with Indigenous forest protectors in the world’s second-largest rainforest in the world. Thank you to Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa for co-sponsoring the May 9th gathering!
Please RSVP by clicking on the event link. Hope to see you there.
When:Tuesday,May 9th from 6pm to 8pm
Where: The Village Barn at Rolling Range Ranch in Briones, Lafayette (Exact location to be sent with registration confirmation)
Co-sponsors: Beverly Jane Peatross of Big Magic Village, Contra Costa Interfaith Climate Action Network, and Friends of the Congo
Dear Rena,
I am writing to share with you that I have embarked on my latest film project. It is a sequel to Mabele Na Biso, where I documented the self-sufficient village of Tolaw in the heart of the Congo Basin rainforest.
The roads were flooded so we had to use boats to travel on the roads. Due to the climate crisis, widespread flooding is an increasing problem in the region.
In this film, we revisit Tolaw and explore the process of restoring the “Basandja,” a Topeke word that expresses a traditional code of conduct for managing the environment and assuring balance among living things. I am humbled and honored to have been invited back to the village. The elders are eager to share their wisdom with the broader human family.
We just completed the pilot shoot of the film a few days ago. You can experience a glimpse of the journey here: http://basandja.org
I will be presenting the pilot at a fundraiser in Oakland, California on May 10th. Please join us or encourage people in your network from the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area to come out and support the film project.
Even if you are not able to attend on May 10th, I would love for you to be a part of the journey in creating this film about the knowledge and wisdom that Indigenous people of the Congo Basin have to share with the world about caring for and preserving our planet.
Heavy fundraising is needed to make this feature-length documentary. Please join us in the journey to share this wisdom with the world in this critical time:
Asante Sana!
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

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