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Someplace with a Mountain

Title (Spanish): Someplace with a Mountain
Title (English): Someplace with a Mountain
Country of Origin: USA/Federated States of Micronesia
Year of Completion: 2012
Duration: 51 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Thurday 09/06/2012 -- 6:30 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 4:00 PM Ssturday 09/08/2012 -- 11:00 AM

Auditorio del Centro Cultural Perelló

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)
Santo Domingo

Biblioteca Nazario Rize-Badia Llabaly
San Francisco de Macorís

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisNarrated by Chevy Chase, this tragic yet hopeful documentary tells the story of a small group of Island Atolls in the tropical Pacific that are disappearing due to a rise in sea level. By chance, sailor Steve Goodall travels to the home of a special group of pacific islanders, known as the Lapita Navigators. They are the forefathers of many cultures in the tropical Pacific. Goodall realizes that they are losing their homes and crops because of sea level rise. Their livelihood and culture are dramatically threatened as the islands they live on are flooding day by day. Goodall discovers that they knew nothing about the current forecasts for sea level rise. Once informed, the islanders ask for his help. Steve took their statements, filmed their lifestyles and traveled to the Island of Yap to look for land.

Film Credits:

Director: Steve Goodall
Writers: Gary Dini, Steve Goodall and Suzanne Warren
Executive Producer: Russell Long
Cinematography: Steve Goodall
Editor: Larry Huntington
Narrated by: Chevy Chase

Director's Biography:

“We knew our lifestyle was going to cause climate change as far back as the 1970’s. Unfortunately, very few took any personal responsibility or action until it was too late…myself included.”

A native Californian from Lake Tahoe, Steve lived in Alaska from 1976-1982 where he worked on the construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Steve then helped build and later operated Nevada’s first commercial renewable energy power plant from 1982-1998. In 1998, he organized a group of Lake Tahoe locals to take action to protect Tahoe’s clarity by exposing and banning two-stroke engines. Steve built alternative powered boats to demonstrate the feasibility, practicality and simplicity of their use. He has been a photographer ever since and made his first 16mm film in 1974 with a group of friends. Steve left the United States when Bush was re-elected president in 2004. He left on a sailboat named “Manta” equipped with four solar panels and a wind generator.

“When I met the people of these Islands and had to tell them that their Islands were going to disappear, I felt a sudden and overwhelming responsibility. I personally believe that my lifestyle has helped cause this (climate change) and, on some level, this film is an acknowledgment and an apology.”

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    Supporting grassroots organizations and communities
    Among the goals of the DR Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), is to include and support grassroots organizations and communities, schools and young people in general.

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    A real Universal Community leader and spokesman for the core values of the UN Millennium Development Goals as it is the Dominican swimmer Marcos Diaz. He will meet a group of youth, who will have a swimming competition, at La Caleta. The expected goals of this activity is to offer an opportunity to youth of disadvantaged areas to interact with Marcos, and to get a better understanding for the role model that Marcos represents for Dominicans and the rest of the world, as well as a better understanding of the sea and this protected area of La Caleta.

    For more details about Marcos Diaz visit Dominican Get-Together in the Big Apple

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