HARAMBE Movie Screening (Roots to Crown Fundraiser)




Join us for a Dinner + Movie experience at Roots to Crown!
As this is part of our winter fundraising efforts, there is no upfront cost to join us for this, but we do encourage making a $25+ donation to support this event.

Tonight we'll be offering a potluck style dinner served from 6:30 -7:30pm. We'll have a variety of healthy, vegan options including lentils, beans, rice, veggies, baked goods, fruit & more. You are welcome to bring a dish to share as well, but it is not required.

Starting at 7:30, Seva will share about the fundraiser, the mission of Roots to Crown, and introduce Erik Crown & Sierra Williams, the writer and producers of Harambe. They will share about their experience creating and the importance of this film before we settle in to watch. We'll also be providing popcorn the entire evening at the bar!

Afterwards there will be a Q&A to ask questions about the film.

During the event you'll also have the opportunity to explore and bid on our silent auction items - you can view them and bid online now at this link: https://givebutter.com/c/udnbVE/auction


This powerful feature length documentary explores animal captivity from a modern perspective through the lens of Harambe’s tragic life and death. Harambe, a critically endangered western lowland silverback gorilla, was shot and killed after a child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016. The story made international news and Harambe’s photo quickly became a viral internet sensation that sparked an important discussion on captivity.

Packed with rare unreleased photos and video of Harambe, the documentary features narration by Peter Egan, along with exclusive interviews by Will Travers OBE and Dame Virginia McKenna of Born Free Foundation, wildlife expert Ian Redmond OBE, TMZ and Hollywood Raw podcast host Dax Holt, Dan Van Coppenolle (named Harambe), and Jeff McCurry, Harambe’s personal photographer whose photo of Harambe went viral that became an iconic meme. This documentary offers insight and brings new information that has not been previously known about this tragedy.

Using modern scientific research and understanding, the movie takes a closer look into the troubling and complex history of zoos, and how their colonial beginnings sowed the seeds of captivity that’s now deeply rooted in our cultures, sold to the public as a fun afternoon with the family. With fresh eyes, this documentary challenges the stories, myths, and misconceptions we have always been told - stories that have been controlled by the zoos, until now.

From human zoos to Zoochosis, the movie exposes the secrets of keeping animals locked up at the zoo for human entertainment. Unlike Blackfish, aside from the psychological impact of confinement, Harambe’s spirit remained one that acted out of love, the documentary will present new proof that Harambe tried to return the boy to his parents, yet still viewed as a threat and was killed instead.

Do zoos have a place in our modern society? How can a gorilla like Harambe help save our planet? The movie answers these questions and more. Let’s remember Harambe in more than meme-ory on social media, instead let’s celebrate his name and legacy to join together for the betterment of all animals on earth, including us. Harambe’s story sheds light on the psychological and physical damage inflicted on our closest living relatives, who pay the ultimate price for our curiosity.

We are not just filmmakers, but direct action conservationists, having worked in the field from the Amazon to deep in the Andes mountains, we feel the movie has to be more than education. It has to help the communities that open their homes, hearts, and stories to us to share with the world. A portion of the movie’s proceeds will be donated to NGO’s helping gorillas out of captivity and supporting those beings in the wild with every ticket sold, streaming session, or download.

The goal of this movie is to ignite new discussions with the activists, NGO’s, and zoos to create a conversation that can lead to change, and guarantee a better future for all gorillas and sentient animals worldwide.

About Roots to Crown & Our Fundraiser

Roots to Crown emerged from the heart and vision of Seva Mudita (Tanner Roan) on the auspicious day of 1/1/2022, marking the birth of a sanctuary dedicated to nurturing safe community experiences. This haven is designed to ignite profound inner transformation, foster unbridled authentic expression, and catalyze meaningful service to humanity.

Driven by years of leading ecstatic dance, imparting the wisdom of kundalini yoga, crafting personal development workshops, and delving into a vast array of healing practices, Seva was empowered to serve by creating a communal space. This space would not only embrace but also elevate the ever-growing and evolving gatherings that foster connection and healing.

Battling through the challenges of depression, social anxiety, ADHD, and other hurdles, Seva discovered a profound source of healing within the embrace of a conscious community. This personal journey of transformation ignited a fiery commitment to extend these life-changing modalities to more souls in St. Pete and beyond. Animated by a dream of a world where every individual is empowered to realize their fullest potential, Seva is now passionately working to expand Roots to Crown. By building its foundation and pioneering a nonprofit arm, the aim is to extend the reach of our community, bringing transformative events to underserved areas and offering greater access to these life-affirming experiences.

As we endeavor to weave this tapestry of transformation, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment. Facing operational challenges and an impending tax bill during a slower phase in our journey, we humbly seek the support of our community. Our goal is to raise $8,000 by the end of February, a step that will greatly alleviate our current financial pressures.

This is a call to action for all who believe in the power of community, healing, and personal growth. Together, we can uplift and expand the reach of Roots to Crown, ensuring that this beacon of hope and transformation continues to shine brightly for all. Join us in this heart-centered mission to make a lasting impact, one soul at a time.

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