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Free movies that free the mind: The Spring Sustainability Film Series

A free, thought-provoking, environmental documentary may be one of the more therapeutic ways to process the socio-political-environmental state of affairs in the United States and around the world. Each semester, the Common Experience Project on Sustainability provides students with this opportunity, followed by meaningful discussion, with its Sustainability Film Series. Playing at the Athena Cinema this Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. will be the second film of the series, “Ice and Sky.”

In “Ice and Sky,” director Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”) recounts his lifelong climate research on the ice of the Antarctic. Forging a connection between past and present climate researchers and climate change stakeholders, the documentary presents the undeniable reality of humanity’s future in the presence of climate change.

“Jumbo Wild,” the series’ first film shown on January 25th, transported viewers to the Canadian Rockies to hear from communities that have lived in harmony with grizzly bear populations for decades. These citizens make tremendous efforts to protect the spaces they call home. Following “Jumbo Wild,” another short film, “Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet,” explains how the world’s oldest and largest trees, the California redwoods, may still thrive even after being cut down and burned. One man, David Milarch, has made it his personal mission to save the species and combat climate change with these great carbon dioxide absorbers.

Afterwards, a panel discussion led by local experts welcomed the audience to discuss some of the environmental justice topics presented in the film.

The series continues for several more weeks, presenting a new film or films every other Wednesday, all on varying topics of sustainability and each followed by a discussion led by local experts.

February 8: “Ice and Sky”

February 22: “Sonic Sea,” “Pangolin Endangered Species,” “Monarchs: The Milkweek Mission”

March 15: “The Hand That Feeds”

March 29: “Landfill Harmonic”

April 12: “Catching the Sun”

April 19: “The Messenger—Earth Day Special”