Sustainability on Film: A Conversation with Alumni Filmmakers

Two alumni filmmakers from UC Santa Cruz's Social Documentation M.F.A. program (“SocDoc”) join in a panel discussion moderated by professors Rita Mehta, associate professor from UCSC’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and Dan Costa, director of the UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences. Filmmakers Michelle Aguilar (El Cacao) and Andrés Camacho (Open Line) discuss their films' themes of sustainability, food security, and impacts on indigenous cultures and communities—through the lens of climate change. Professor of anthropology Nancy Chen will provide introductory remarks. The panel discussion is presented by the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division, the Social Documentation M.F.A. program of the Film and Digital Media Department in cooperation with UCSC's Seymour Marine Discovery Center. (Register for this Zoom event below.)

Presented in association with UC Santa Cruz's annual "Confronting Climate Change" lecture from the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences and the Social Sciences Division. This year's theme is "Food Security in a Changing World." (More details below.)

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We invite you to view the films in advance of the panel discussion…
Watch El Cacao here (20 minutes)
(Michelle Aguilar, SocDoc 2015)
An indigenous farmer in Panama confronts the environmental and economic complexities of growing, harvesting, and selling cacao beans for the global chocolate market. (View El Cacao study guide)

Watch Open Line here (20 minutes)
(Andrés Javier Camacho, SocDoc 2020)
While a Yup’ik fisherwoman teaches her son how to fish for salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, an impassioned debate over a proposed open-pit copper mine is taking place.

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FREE and open to the public (via Zoom)

Wed, April 28, 5:30–7:00 p.m
Panel Discussion with Filmmakers Michelle Aguilar and Andrés Camacho
Register here

Thur, April 29, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Confronting Climate Change Lecture: "Food Security in a Changing World"
Register here

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Listen to interviews with six SocDoc students on The Art of Change podcast
Read about filmmaker Michelle Aguilar




Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:30pm

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