Eco Docs features four powerful films—all Ithaca premieres—about the future of the planet, which hangs in the balance with this Fall’s presidential election. Homo Sapiens is the latest film from Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread) and it offers a wordless assemblage of beautifully devastating fixed shots, “depict[ing] a disquieting scenario whereby the world made by people is slowly won back by nature: it is science fiction and documentary in equal measure, equal parts contemporary and post-apocalyptic." (Berlinale Forum) In Time to Choose, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) trains his lens on both the challenges and solutions of climate change. From the coal-poisoned waters of Appalachia, to the coal pits of China, to Nigeria's oil fields and Indonesia's disappearing forests, Ferguson introduces us to courageous people working to save the planet. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Filmmaker Peter Galison will be on hand for a post-screening discussion via Skype following a free screening of Containment, about the disposition of nuclear waste for now—and for the next 10,000 years, sponsored by Science & Technology Studies. And Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology will sponsor a free screening of Sonic Sea about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Dr. Christopher Clark (Lab of Ornithology), who appears in the film, will be on hand for a post-screening discussion. The series is cosponsored with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
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