The New Environmentalists: From Guatemala to The Congo
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A River Below
Rafael 2Sat, Oct 7 8:30 PM
FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A documentary as dramatic, ambiguous, and multilayered as any fiction film, A River Below examines the efforts of two conservationists to publicize an environmental threat, and the unexpected results of their good intentions. Among the many exotic creatures native to the Amazon, the pink river dolphin is one of the most appealing. Once abundant, the aquatic mammal is now vulnerable, hunted by fishermen to use as bait. A marine biologist and the host of a Brazilian wildlife television show want to draw attention to the dolphin’s plight. But their different approaches bring them into conflict with each other, and with fishermen who believe these outsiders threaten their livelihood. The film begins with graphic footage of a dolphin hunt, images it returns to again and again, reminders of what’s at stake. Compelling and morally complex, A River Below raises questions about motivation, fame, and the difficulty of determining the greater good.
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A River Below
Century Larkspur 3Wed, Oct 11 8:45 PM
FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A documentary as dramatic, ambiguous, and multilayered as any fiction film, A River Below examines the efforts of two conservationists to publicize an environmental threat, and the unexpected results of their good intentions. Among the many exotic creatures native to the Amazon, the pink river dolphin is one of the most appealing. Once abundant, the aquatic mammal is now vulnerable, hunted by fishermen to use as bait. A marine biologist and the host of a Brazilian wildlife television show want to draw attention to the dolphin’s plight. But their different approaches bring them into conflict with each other, and with fishermen who believe these outsiders threaten their livelihood. The film begins with graphic footage of a dolphin hunt, images it returns to again and again, reminders of what’s at stake. Compelling and morally complex, A River Below raises questions about motivation, fame, and the difficulty of determining the greater good.
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Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis
Sequoia 2Fri, Oct 6 2:00 PM
FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH At this urgent time of climate change, indigenous people around the globe hold untapped wisdom and experience in human adaptation for survival. Will international leaders heed our native brothers and sisters and learn how to live sustainably before it’s too late? In this episode of the Global Spirit series, Emmy-winning local filmmaker Stephen Olsson focuses on indigenous leaders and tribal representatives who come together at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Living in reciprocity with nature, they know how to spiritually and materially restore harmony and balance after destruction of land and water. Indigenous wisdom keepers and non-native allies gathered as the prophesied Rainbow Tribe to nonviolently protect the water at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where they slowed progress of the Dakota Access Pipe Line, the foretold Black Snake. Here, and at the UN, they are the voice of the earth. Time to listen.
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Film Info
Year:2017
Running Time:30 min.
Premiere Status:World
Description
Robert Redford narrates this annual tribute to six passionate environmental heroes from around the world who share a common goal of safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution.