DFNDRS International is a multi-platform project ranging from experimental youth workshops to internet series to live action TV, film, animated features, video games, virtual reality and theatre. These are in various stages of development and all of them relate to protection of the environment – and to the art and culture of the First Nations, starting with the tribes of the Pacific Northwest in British Columbia, Canada.
The Summer 2018 edition of Eco-Dfndrs brought together 15 youth from all over British Columbia to Denman Island, an enchanting isle in the Straight of Georgia (Indigenous name: Sla-dai-aich, part of unceded K'omoks territory). The Youth, aged 12 to 15, arrived with sleeping bags, musical instruments, mermaid tails and fresh ideas they wanted to share about the environment. Many were concerned about climate change and the presence of micro-plastics in our oceans.
Mentored by a highly experienced team of film-makers, educators and youth environmental activists, the camp members spent a week writing, shooting and editing original short films that had their world premiere on the seventh day of the camp.
Whether it was collaborating on script ideas, jamming out musical scores or building props, the campers took on multiple roles to do whatever it took to get their messages out. That sometimes included swimming in the ocean, visiting the Saturday's Farmers Market or chilling in an old growth forest!
Etc (Educating Towards Change) Society is a registered charity founded in 1979. Its mandate is to facilitate the production of educational media that promotes social justice and healthy communities. Etc is the producer of the Eco Dfndrs Summer Camp and oversees the funding, staffing, legal and insurance that keeps the camp running safely.
We are Eco Dfndrs. We create, share and collaborate on ideas to get our message out. We don’t just say we care for our environment, we do more. We make films to open people’s eyes, start conversations and inspire action.
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