From April 21 through 23, 2015, in the John Jay Cafeteria, Lindsey Kaymen (Director of Environmental Health and Safety) will present the annual “EcoCinema Cafe” film festival a joint project of the college’s Sustainability Committee, the Environmental Education Fund (EEF) and the SEJ minor. During the day, a running loop of recent environmental documentaries will be shown. Check out the official film schedule to plan your viewing, or wander in anytime to see what’s on!
Here is some of the good stuff the film festival will be showing:
Learn more about how women fought for democracy and brought forests back to Kenya (which had been deforested ) by coming to watch the film: “Taking Root – the Vision of Wangari Maathai” on Thursday. The filmmaker, Lisa Merton, who lived with Maathai for many months will Skype in for a Q&A. Read about Maathai here, but hearing about her from her own voice is a different experience entirely!
In “Oil and Water,” the Cofan tribe in Ecuador was desperate because their land was so contaminated by oil drilling and their rights were being trampled. They sent Hugo, a 10 year old, to be educated in the U.S., in hopes that he would return to lead them into a better future. A decade later, we follow Hugo as he returns to the Ecuadorian Amazon to meet his destiny, armed only with a high school diploma. David Poritz was just a sixth-grader when he learned of the oil disaster in Hugo’s homeland and decided to get involved. Find out what happens…. It’s a great story and the filmmaker will be Skyping in.
“Chasing Ice” – James Balog’s journey to convince the world that climate change is happening. Visually stunning, the director had just graduated from college and heard about the project. He had never made a film. He begged Balog……. Please let me come…. I will help… You don’t have to pay me……. He ended up making this extraordinary film!
These are just 3 of the amazing films we are showing in the Student Dining Hall on Tues, Wed and Thurs (April 21-23, 2015)! We are starting at 8 am and going till night so everyone has the opportunity to attend.