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8:45 am  •  Grades 6-12
Total program 113 min

When filmmaker Julia Barnes was 16, she saw a documentary in which she learned that the world’s coral reefs, rainforests, and fisheries are expected to disappear within her lifetime. From there, she bought a couple of cameras, learned to dive, and set out on a mission to expose the biggest threats facing the ocean. Filmed over three years in seven countries, Sea of Life dives into some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet, exposing both the destruction and the efforts to stop it. Canada 2017, 88 min | Director Julia Barnes

GUEST SPEAKERS: Director Julia Barnes, Film Subject Louie Psihoyos

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10:00 am  •  Grades 4-8  – English subtitled version
11:00 am  •  Grades 4-12  
– Spanish language version
Total program 95 min

For over a year, ten-year-old Unai travels with his family on an extraordinary journey around the world as his father, a nature photographer, goes on assignment to document one endangered animal species on each continent. Wolves, elephants, lions, bison, penguins, hornbills and crocodiles are the protagonists of this exciting journey across the globe that captures Unai’s unconditional love for nature. Spain 2016, 70 min | Director Andoni Canela

GUEST SPEAKERS: Director Andoni Canela and film subjects Unai Canela, Amaia Canela and Meritxell Margarit

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10:30 am  •  Grades 7-12
Total program 96 min

After decades of hurricanes and oil spills, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana face a new threat: hordes of monstrous 20-pound swamp rats with orange teeth and voracious appetites. Known as nutria, these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the locals can control them. But the people who’ve lived here for generations are not the type to give up without a fight. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win. US 2017, 71 min | Directors Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer & Quinn Costello

GUEST SPEAKERS: Directors Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer & Quinn Costello

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12:30 pm  •  Grades 9-12
Total program 88 min

British filmmaker Ben Sadd and his friend James document their two-month trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon, where they live with the indigenous Huaorani community, learn how to build a dugout canoe, then take that canoe on a journey through Ecuador’s Yasuni region, one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. In English, Waorani, and Spanish with English subtitlesUK 2017, 53 min |Director Benjamin Sadd

Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. As they map a new park in Chilean Patagonia, we learn about the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure, and our understanding of wild places. US 2018, 10 min | Directors Bridget Besaw, Tahria Sheather

GUEST SPEAKER: Zoë Cina-Skla, End Amazon Crude Campaigner, Amazon Watch

Note: Some mild profanity and references to bodily functions.


These additional interactive resources are a great way for your students to supplement their EYF experiences either before or after a film screening. To reserve space for your class in one or both of these activities, please email Melanie Nichols.

ACTIVE CINEMA ROOM  |  Smith Rafael Film Center, Mark Fishkin Room
Before, after, and between screenings, students can engage directly with a variety of environmental activists, organizations, and issues through hands-on demonstrations and presentations including a Mobile Climate Science Lab and two new virtual reality (VR) exhibits:

An immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.
Directors Adam Loften. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

A 360-degree exploration of the very real threat of sea-level rise on the small Pacific Island of Kirbati.
Director Matthieu Rytz

AFTER NATURE – ART EXHIBIT  |  ArtWorks Downtown, 1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael
There is a rich history of artists working in nature and with scientific research specimens to render animals, insects and plants in all their diverse splendor. We are also at a point in time when nature is inseparable from human influence. We have forever changed ecosystems, the landscape and the climate, leaving the nonhuman life of the planet to respond and adapt—or perish. This exhibition seeks to explore a catalog of living things and to reflect upon the future of “natural” development in the Anthropocene Era, the Age of Humans.