EARTH DAY Mount Dora 2018 features award-winning films from the Global Peace Film Festival to be presented Friday night April 20th and Saturday April 21st in the Mount Dora Community Center. FREE admission! Enjoy some incredible organic craft beer or other cocktails while you watch courtesy of Magical Meat Boutique.
Friday April 20th
6:00 PM – The Anthropologist, At the core of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology around the world; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers, and rising tides.
8:00 PM – A Bold Peace, Costa Rica’s civil war in 1948 shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the decision to abolish the military. As Costa Ricans dismantled their military establishment, they intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they created a vital democracy, a wide middle class, and a strong welfare state with free university education and universal health care. Over the last 68 years, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all.
Saturday April 21st
11:00am – The Diplomat – Saturday April 21st
Director: David Holbrooke
USA, 2015, 104mins.
The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.
1:00pm – Speed Sisters – Saturday April 21st
Director: Amber Fares
Palestine/US, 2016, 78 mins
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.
(FYI – Producer Jessica Devaney was raised in Mount Dora and her parents and (I think) grandparents live in or near town).
3:00pm – Taking Root – Saturday April 21st
Directors: Alan Dater & Lisa Merton
Taking Root weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman’s personal journey in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. Wangari Maathai was born and raised in the rural highlands of Kenya. She went to University in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, and was the first female to receive a doctorate in East and Central Africa.