Dancing With the Cannibal Giant


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?





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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

The Story

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.

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The New Story

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.

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
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The way that we are living in the world right now is disconnected from the source of our survival ... This is not the time to wallow in despair and fear, this is not the time to waste our energies pointing fingers and casting blame.  This is a time for us to organize, it’s a time for us to galvanize our efforts, and to unify in ways that we never have before, to protect what is sacred and precious to us.
— Sherri Mitchell