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‘Ding’ Darling announces 2021 film series lineup

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Oct 23, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED A scene from “The Swamp.” DDWS is airing the film this season, which was canceled in February during the 2020 film series because of COVID-19.

The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will kick off its biweekly showings in January with a schedule of seven films that explore natural topics — from the world’s largest and rarest bird of prey and conservation activist Rachel Carson, to food waste and man’s interference with the Florida Everglades.

One of the season’s highlights, “The Swamp,” chronicles repeated efforts to transform the Everglades into an agricultural and urban paradise, ultimately leading to a passionate campaign to preserve America’s greatest wetland. In honor of International Women’s Day in March, “A Sense of Wonder” celebrates the life and conservation achievements of Carson, whose book “Silent Spring” drew attention to the tragic effects of pesticides on wildlife.

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 distanced, limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s full schedule is as follows:

– Jan. 20: “The Smog of the Sea”

– Feb. 3: “The Swamp”

– Feb. 17: “Bird of Prey”

– March 3: “A Sense of Wonder”

– March 17: “Just Eat It”

– March 31: “Science Fair”

– April 14: “Urban Roots”

All films begin at 1 p.m.

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.