Water shortages. Food riots. Heirloom seeds trafficked on the black market by child warriors. Is this the Earth’s dystopian future if society doesn’t seriously address issues of climate change and sustainability? Creative Santa Fe connects the arts with conservation activism in an effort to stimulate wide-ranging conversation about the topic in “Cli-Fi: Altered Futures through Film and Literature, A Disruptive Futures Dialogue.” The interdisciplinary, multimedia event includes screenings of short sci-fi films, climate fiction readings by local authors, and conversation about how advocates and artists can work together on sustainability issues.
Among the films to be screened is Spring of Sorrow, directed by Suzi Yoonessi. In it, Lily and Isabelle are nomadic sisters who are wandering in the desert due to displacement by global warming. They offer each other hope through fanciful fairytales about their tragic world. In The 6th World, directed by Nanobah Becker, a Navajo astronaut on a mission to Mars experiences a system failure on board and turns to traditional Navajo healing to save the day. Lauren C. Teffeau and Sarena Ulibarri will read excerpts from solar-punk stories — an emerging genre of speculative fiction that is essentially optimistic, aiming to alter the future by changing the way we interact with the present. Teffeau is the author of Implanted (Angry Robot, 2018), about a college student with the ability to carry encoded data in her blood. Ulibarri is the editor of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (World Weaver Press, 2018).
“Cli-Fi: Altered Futures through Film and Literature, A Disruptive Futures Dialogue” takes place 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (463 Paseo de Peralta). There is no charge for admission, but registration is required at creativesantafe.org/events/sustainable-technologies. For more information, call 505-501-8822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.