Wild and Scenic Film Festival aims to inspire, motivate

Sep 19, 2019
A film still of "Too Precious to Mine."

BELFAST — What do the Havasupai tribe in the Grand Canyon, a Moroccan fog collection project, and a French woman campaigning against deep-sea bottom trawling have in common? They’re all subjects of short films that will be shown as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by Midcoast Conservancy on Saturday, Nov. 9. In all, ten films about various environmental issues will be screened at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m.

Topics also include a climate-change journalist whose kidney disease diagnosis catalyzed her political action; Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research let to “An Inconvenient Truth;" and the efforts of a singer and a filmmaker to document the front lines of a battle in British Columbia that will decide the fate of wild salmon and the coastal ecosystem that depends on them.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a festival by activists and for activists; it is organized and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League, which was founded in 1983 as a community effort to protect and restore the rivers of their California home watershed, from source to sea.

At the festival, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. Explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities.

The goal is to leave audience members inspired and motivated to go make changes locally. After the screening, all are invited to stay for refreshments and conversation about the films. To see the full film schedule, for more information, or to purchase tickets, go to midcoastconservancy.org/events/wild-and-scenic-film-festival-2/ or call 389-5150.

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