Living Waters, Ocean Life

2013 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

U.S. Premiere

Living Waters, Ocean Life

Courtesy of Julio Solis, A Moveshake Story

6:15 PM

Presented with: The Collaboration of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

Venue: GALA Hispanic Theatre

Living Waters, Ocean Life

JULIO SOLIS, A MOVESHAKE STORY (USA, 2012, 10 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Julio Solis, a sea turtle conservationist in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico, was, in his youth, a poacher of sea turtles until a life-changing mentor shifted his perspective about his relationship with the ocean. Julio is now working to protect the sea turtles by running a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Magdalena Bay’s natural resources. His story is one of perseverance and personal growth as he works to change the tide for the future of his community. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Allie Bombach.

Selections from the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival

THE GROWTH OF LAKE ENRIQUILLO: ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC IMPLICATIONS (CRECIDADE LOS LAGOS ENRIQUILLO Y AZUEI) (Dominican Republic, 2012, 16 min.) United States Premiere Lake Enriquillo is located in a rift valley that extends from Port-au-Prince Bay in Haiti to near Neiba Bay in the Dominican Republic. This documentary investigates the reasons behind the recent growth of Lake Enriquillo from 164 km2 to 350 km2 in the last seven years. These include increased rainfall, sediment run-off from deforestation and other environmental occurrences, all of which are having a negative effect on nearby towns and residents. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Braudin Eusebio.

OUR BACKS TO THE SEA (DE ESPALDAS AL MAR) (Dominican Republic, 2012, 9 min.) Washington D.C. Premiere This short film looks at major threats facing our coasts and oceans: overfishing, especially the parrotfish and sea turtles, and the negative role of invasive predators, like the lionfish, that inhabit coral reefs. One solution lies in catching and consuming the lionfish, which have no natural predators and reducing their population – a good option for fishermen and consumers seeking a delicious source of nutrition. Testimony from fishermen and marine biologists as well as film footage from around the Dominican Republic will shed light on the state of our oceans. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Armando Larrauri.

Introduced by Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development. Discussion with filmmakers Allie Bombach and Armando Larrauri follows the screening. 


Ticket/Reservation Info: 

FREE. No reservations required.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th St., NW

(Metro: Columbia Heights) 

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