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Shift Change – The Regeneration of an American Home Town

Directed by Bill Roach
Documentary Short
USA | 35 min | 2019

“Shift Change” is a 35-minute documentary that skims the surface of the closure of GM in 2008 and captures reactions from former workers and business leaders inspired to lead the charge in turning the community around.

We follow our protagonists as they develop a resistance strategy that matches the level of their opponents – taking their effort to South America, Europe and beyond. Their task is to make local battles an International concern and finally expose criminal corporations responsible for serious crimes. Our protagonists participate in the creation of alliances with communities in Latin America – the Global Alliance For The Rights Of Nature – the Indigenous Women Treaty and a renewable energy network bringing solar power to Indigenous communities.

Our film invites white and privileged people to follow the call from Indigenous communities. The direct relation between man and nature presents itself as a way out of our colonial imprint and begin the journey towards rediscovering our natural roots. Our film postulates that Indigenous people are facing the same challenge as all of us. The destruction of natural environments causes a disconnection because nature is no longer safe to inhabit. Our film promotes an intercultural dialogue by showing how non-Indigenous and Indigenous people come together (as shown during the “Cowboys and Indian Alliance” in Washington, the “People’s Climate March” in New York, the “Healing Walk” in Northern Alberta and the COP21 in Paris).

~Sophie & Clement Guerra

Shift Change - Bill Roach

Shift Change - Bill RoachBill Roach

With vast experience in the digital film and video production business, I believe there’s always something new to learn and I’m always looking for innovative ways to creatively meet the challenges of the industry. Never forget, you need to change as the game changes. However, as much as technology changes, one thing remains the same, it’s all about effectively telling stories of who we are, where we’ve been and were we’re going. Life is very short, take time to look around and breath it all in.

Film Information

Director: Bill Roach
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 35 min.
Rated: PG


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