The Documentary Film:
Dancing With the Cannibal Giant
New Stories for the Great Transition
When today's stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end,
what, then, will be the new stories?
Dancing With the Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition is a documentary film portraying five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world. Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.
The film follows the work and inspiration of people whose recognition of this destruction has put them on a path of radical change. Their lives and work tell the story of a new world unfolding - a world of possibility, to which we are awakening. Dancing with Cannibal Giant was designed to inspire hope, creativity, and change, in the face of the giant. We are in a time of great transition, and in order to move beyond disempowerment, in a world of turmoil, we must create and share our stories of resilience and hope.