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This is Not My Culture – Pollution Solution Screening and Reception

September 24, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pollution Solution is a short 6 minute documentary that explores what people are doing about pollution. Made by a group of 6 young cousins who wonder if the world is ending due to human activity. By asking people how they address the pollution crisis in their everyday lives, and using animation to illustrate the responses, the filmmakers hope to inspire viewers to do their part in solving the pollution solution.

Stay for a reception and chat after the screening.


The Bum Family are a group of 6 cousins from Calgary who create short animated movies together. At the time of making Pollution Solution, Maezy, Medina and Zaiyah Dennie were ages 18, 16 and 14, and Berlin, Ocean and Sol Demuth were ages 18, 16 and 11. The Bum Family write their concepts, create the artwork, direct, animate and edit their movies. Their short films have screened at over 100 film festivals, and have won awards for Audience Favourite and Best Animation. They have made a short film for Sesame Street, and their Lilly Monster character is featured in an augmented reality app, Lilly in the Lab.


The state of climate change, environmental destruction, and human beings’ undeniable impact on life on earth prompted us to make a film that asks you to consider what your own pollution solutions are.

The Bum Family captured all of our interview material in a series of shoots before the Covid19 quarantine period started. The editing and animation process took place after Calgary was asked to go into lockdown, with both families in isolation from each other. Animation was done digitally, a first for the Bum Family, and by stop-motion animating collages made from recycled materials.




Photo credit: The Bum Family


September 24, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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381 2 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 0C5 Canada


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