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UPDATE: ‘The Swamp’ film showing at refuge canceled

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED A scene from “The Swamp.”

UPDATE: The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that the showing of “The Swamp” on March 18 has been canceled. In addition, the planned showing of “Bird of Prey” on April 1 has also been canceled.

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ORIGINAL (March 11, 2020):

The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will continue its biweekly showings on March 18 with “The Swamp” at 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Produced by PBS, the film is based in part on the book “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise” by Michael Grunwald. Last season, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge aired a preview of the documentary prior to its official release.

This year, it will show the film in its entirety. The two-hour documentary tells the story of humanity’s attempts to conquer the Florida Everglades, one of nature’s most mysterious and unique ecosystems.

Explored through the lives of colorful and resolute characters – from hucksters to politicians to unlikely activists – “The Swamp” chronicles the repeated efforts to transform what was once identified as a vast and useless wasteland for agricultural and urban purposes, ultimately leading to a passionate campaign to preserve America’s greatest wetland.

As Florida copes today with the disastrous aftermath of man’s abuse of the Everglades, the film is a timely cautionary tale of the perils of changing the course of nature for profit.??

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free showings in the Visitor & Education Center, with sponsorship from the Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s remaining schedule is as follows:

– April 1: “Bird of Prey”

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.