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Year of Biodiversity Film Fest Begins on St. Croix Campus

St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) has announced a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands to host the 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest. The core of the program will be seven of the PBS "Exploring Planet Earth" series. Films will be shown in the UVI theatre, EVC 401, on the fourth Thursday of each month. Following the film, a guest speaker will facilitate a group discussion.

The film fest begins with "State of the Planet," narrated by Matt Damon, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

These thought provoking films explore the fragile relationship between people and the world they inhabit. Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner in association with South Carolina ETV produced the series.

The common thread running through the films is the necessity to achieve a balance between the needs of people and the needs of the environment. The filmmakers portray current initiatives/success stories that alleviate some of the environmental problems we are currently experiencing. Topics in the "State of the Planet" series include loss of farmland to urban development, the environment's role in foreign policy, and inadequate housing and water resources for those living in the world's mega-cities.

The film fest will include "Learning to Sea," a stunning film that compares animal behaviors in the Caribbean and Red Seas. This film has won multiple international awards. Producer and film artist Ziggy Livnat will be on hand for discussion following this engaging film.

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling St. Croix Inc.

For more information contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.