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This year as in years past, Taos Environmental Film Festival Director, Jean Stevens, has been working round the clock to bring timely, cutting-edge films to Taos audiences, raising awareness and driving activism. Stevens' longtime commitment to the environment is finally paying off - as more and more people become aware of the facts, the more they are motivated to advocate for change.
"I was sitting in a prison, looking at the civil rights and the anti-war movement passing us by. I wanted to get out so bad to be a part of this movement. It was a new feeling out there, of a different kind of patriotism. Patriotism to human rights, to life instead of death. I wanted to be part of it. Just going to the police department en masse, there was like 200 of us. Just two weeks before that, we were scared to go by ourselves. We found strength in 200 of us, all Indian people, who had been beaten, mugged, arrested. Now here we were, we were going back to that same police department that arrested us and we were demanding action. It felt good to finally sense that there was power in unity, power in numbers." - Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement co-founder