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Refuge switches film series lineup to virtual format

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Jan 6, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED The free filming of “A Sense of Wonder” will honor International Women’s Day on March 8.

The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Film Series will adapt to distancing and pandemic safety protocols with virtual airings and follow-up discussions via Zoom. Pre-registration for the films will be required. Watch dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series for details, plus wine-pairing suggestions from Bailey’s General Store wine steward Calli Johnson.

The series will kick off on Jan. 20 with “Smog of the Sea.” The 30-minute documentary follows a group of marine and citizen scientists that, while researching the ocean’s storied plastic garbage patch, discover the more serious problem of pervasive microplastics that “smog” the water and sicken marine and human life. On Feb. 17, the 94-minute “Bird of Prey” documentary will explore the plight of the rarest eagle on earth — the great Philippine eagle — with stunning, exclusive footage of the critically-endangered species.

Environmental pioneer Rachel Carson is the topic of “A Sense of Wonder,” to air on March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day. The 54-minute film depicts Carson as she reminisces about the impact of her landmark book, “Silent Spring,” which drew attention to the tragic effects of pesticides on wildlife when it published in 1962. From farm to fridge, “Just Eat It” delves into the modern problem of food waste in the United States. The 75-minute documentary will air on April 12.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings with sponsorship from Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. The season’s full schedule is as follows:

– Jan. 20: “The Smog of the Sea”

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts sponsors the 2021 film series.

– Feb. 17: “Bird of Prey”

– March 8: “A Sense of Wonder”

– April 12: “Just Eat It”

Discussions that will follow each film 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.