When today's stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end, what, then, will be the new stories?
“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the earth was unraveling? Surely you did something…” - Drew Dellinger
"What I believe is that we are in the long dark birth canal and all the pressure that we are feeling is the evidence of that birth taking place. And so when we understand that we have a choice - to stay in the darkness and feel squeezed by all of the unknowns, or to step in to the light and help birth this new way of being in the world, to be midwives to it." - Sherri Mitchell
Dancing With the Cannibal Giant: Five New Stories for the Great Transition is a documentary film portraying five remarkable stories, of people and places, that are transforming the world. Narrated by Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot leader, indigenous rights activist, and luminal change-maker, we are introduced to the the mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature that is awakened when the earth mother calls out in distress because human beings are consuming faster than she can produce, and harming faster than she can heal. The giant's role is to lull humanity into a false sense of security, and get them to dance faster and faster and consume more and more, until they consume themselves to death. Only if the people can awaken to their own destruction and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.
In this light, the film follows the work and inspiration of people whose recognition of this destruction has put them on a path of radical change - finding new ways forward. Their lives and work tell the story of a new world unfolding - a world of possibility to which we are awakening. If only we could see and hear and learn more about these kinds of stories, all the time - and find meaningful ways of enacting our own radical change, in our communities and broken systems.
But, of course, we are! 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.