This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.
The Island President
The Island President (2011, US, Jon Shenk) documents the efforts of President Mohammed Nasheem of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country on the planet, to slow sea level rise by pushing for the implementation of global CO2 emissions limits. Shot mostly in 2009 and released in 2012, the film highlights the events in Copenhagen during the U.N. Climate Summit, with footage shot both inside the negotiations and outside in the streets. The film offers an important look at a largely unknown island nation experiencing the mortal threat of inundation consequent to global warming.
The screening will take place in the PSC Union Hall on Friday, September 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
Professor Stephen Pekar, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
A geologist who studies oceanographic and climatic changes during the last 66 million years, Professor Pekar will talk about sea level rise and modern humanly induced climate change in context of geologic time.