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BLOCK I - ENVIRONMENTAL

SUNY Cortland - Sperry Center RM 106

Sunday, April 22nd at 9:00am

Free & Open to the Public

AMAZONIA DAMMED

Directed by Ada Bodjolle

Runtime - 14:01

Synopsis:

Amazonia Dammed tells the story of the Munduruku people's urgent struggle to protect the heart of the Amazon against one of the largest mega-dam projects on earth. Through the director's relationship with the community of Sawré Muybu, the film invites the audience to discover how these brave warriors of the modern day fight an impossible war of hope and joins its voice to the growing awareness of the need to preserve our planet's remaining rainforests.

DESOLATION FOLLOWS

Directed by Burnham Arlidge

Runtime - 8:58

Synopsis:

Designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty, the English moorlands elicit in us a sense of the wild and untamed. A pristine wilderness, untouched by the advances of civilisation. Yet all is not as it seems.

FOR OUR PEAT'S SAKE

Directed by Thayer MacInnis

Runtime - 34:59

Synopsis:

FOR OUR PEAT'S SAKE is an examination of the economic benefits and ecological impacts that are incurred through the production and use of ancient reserves of peat mosses. The 35 minute documentary film focuses on the Lake Winnipeg watershed region, where desperate Canadians and First Nations peoples are fighting for the protection of water, as nutrient runoff, flooding, and extreme weather has resulted in suffocating lakes and toxically undermined water sources.

SOMEWHERE IN BEULAH LAND

Directed by Andrew Harrison Brown

Runtime - 28:10

Synopsis:

A portrait documentary about a young farmer and his first year learning how to love & care for a piece of land. Based in Beulah - Mt. Airy, NC

SPHERE OF LIFE

Directed by Rodolfo Juárez

Runtime - 8:00

Synopsis:

Sphere of Life is an eight-minute short film that offers an introspective view of the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. This short film appeals to docufiction, and to the ludic inductive method, as a way to explore environmental contents that awaken the appetite to know, value and safeguard a heritage that belongs to us, and distinguishes the biodiversity of Mexico.