Madagascar Lemur Documentary Double Feature

Published sparrina - Sat, 06/09/2012 - 2:41pm

 

Do you know the silky sifaka?

The films document the giant lemurs, propithecus candidus, one of the rarest mammals on earth. Originally from northeastern Madagascar, these large lemurs are on the verge of extinction and it is critical to understand the threats to their habitats and the role humans are playing in affecting this rapidly disappearing environment off the coast of East Africa.

Join us on June 11 as we screen two films that investigates the psycho-social-biology and ecology of the Silky Sifakas as both films document the research of Dr. Erik R. Patel and his team of indigenous Malagasy as they journey into the rainforests of Madagascar.

Dr. Erik R. Patel is a primatologist who has studied at Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley. Devoting most of his time to studying and protecting the silky sifaka lemur, Dr. Patel is committed to social justice and activism in the pursuit of protecting this endangered specie.

"Silky Sifaka Lemurs of Madagascar" is a film produced by Sharon Pieczenik and Dr. Patel himself to reveal the uniqueness of this mammal and the efforts one must take to save the silky lemurs.

The second film, "Madagascar, Lemurs, and Spies" will document the life of William, a little Sifaka rascal who bounces around in the canopy of his habitat. This film does well to document also the efforts of Dr. Patel in his pursuit in activism and further reaches out to a more global audience of consumers and the choices they make.

A short discussion will follow afterwards as we discuss our thoughts and reactions to these two films.

Donations support the Civic Media Center and SIMPONA: Silky Sifaka Conservation and Research in Madagascar.

When:
Mon, 06/11/2012 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 donations appreciated