At this year’s 35th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), Natural Awakenings Broward County is sponsoring the screening of Last Call for Tomorrow, at 1 p.m., on Nov. 13, at Savor Cinema, 503 Southeast 6th St., Fort Lauderdale. Last Call reflects on the crises facing all life on Earth. We are witnessing the “sixth mass extinction” of our planet, losing about 200 species a day. Humanity has killed 83 percent of all wild mammals and half of all plants. Of the birds left in the world, 70 percent are poultry chickens and other farmed birds. Global industrial pollution is killing over nine-million people a year through bad air and water. We face a clear choice: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction. To secure a sustainable future, it is high time to upgrade how we think, who we are and how we live. Two additional screenings of Last Call include 1 p.m., on Nov. 18, at Cinema Paradiso, in Hollywood, and now through 11:59 p.m., Nov. 22, in the comfort of your home via FLIFF’s Virtual Festival (FLIFF.com).
FLIFF will also premiere American Humane’s first feature documentary, Escape from Extinction, narrated by Helen Mirren, showcasing the critical efforts of certified zoos and aquariums to preserve millions of species on the verge of disappearing forever. The third film, For the Love of Conch, reveals the underwater world of the Queen Conch—jewel of The Bahamian archipelago. Humans have become their greatest threat; through an international effort, we can preserve this treasure for future generations.
FLIFF’s closing day film is the epic science adventure Ancient Caves which follows paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate. Ancient Caves will be screened in IMAX 3D at Museum of Discovery and Science, in Fort Lauderdale.
Other environmental films include Fish & Men which exposes the high cost of cheap fish by revealing how our choices as consumers drive the global seafood trade, threatening local fishing communities and public health, and features Opeka, an Argentine priest and former professional soccer player who fights poverty and politics to teach destitute families living in Madagascar’s largest landfill how to build their own houses and their dignity.
Seating limited to maintain social distancing. Masks required and temperatures taken at the door. The theater has UCV air filtration; operated by the Broward County Film Society, the theater, auditorium and restrooms are sanitized between shows.