The Guardians

Ben Crosbie & Tessa Moran/2018/70 min/Wildlife

FILM DESCRIPTION: A visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature, β€œThe Guardians” elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Shot over three years, this intimate documentary takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the butterfly dense mountaintops of Michoacan as the community works to build a sustainable path forward. Rarely has the communion of human and nature been told in such an evocative and surprising way, leaving viewers with a new perspective on the ecological challenges facing us all.

In Spanish with English subtitles: everyone is welcome! Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. "PG-13" May contain heavy themes, graphic images or language.

Sunday, March 3, 12 to 2:30 p.m. [North]
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago

OEFF attendees may arrive as early as 10 a.m. to enjoy free entry to the museum prior to the screening, or stay afterwards to enjoy free entry to museum exhibits. After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about concrete action opportunities, with Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; Danielle Russell, Community Conservation Associate at Openlands; and Aasia Mohammad, Environmental Social Scientist at the Field Museum. Facilitator: Jim Haried, Environmental Resources Management. Also engage with action and project ideas through: Illinois Butterfly Action Network, Openlands, Chicago Conservation Corps, and Field Museum.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

Wednesday, March 6, 6 to 8 p.m. [West]
Chicago Public Library, Toman Branch, Meeting Room,
2708 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago

After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about concrete action opportunities with: Karen Canales, LVEJO; Gladiz Nava, Openlands; Lorena Lopez, The Field Museum. Facilitator: Gabriela Rodil, CEO & Parachuter Par Excellence. Also engage with action and project ideas through: Viviana Moreno, LVEJO; Gladiz Nava, Openlands; Lorena Lopez, The Field Museum; and Gloria Araya, The Traffic Stops Here.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available. In Spanish with English subtitles: everyone is welcome!

Director  Ben Crosbie.

Director Ben Crosbie.

Saturday, March 9, 2 to 4:30 p.m. [Lake County]
Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.,
Ray Bradbury Room (lower level), Waukegan

After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about potential action opportunities, with Director Ben Crosbie. Facilitator: Diana Wence, Waukegan Public Library. Also engage with action and project ideas through local Action Partners that have been invited.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Director  Ben Crosbie.

Director Ben Crosbie.

Saturday, March 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m. [West]
St. Malachy + Precious Blood, 2252 W Washington Blvd.,
Elementary School Gymnasium, Chicago

After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about potential action opportunities, with film Director Ben Crosbie. Facilitator: Judith Hamje, Green Community Connections. Also engage with action and project ideas through Aasia Mohammed, Environmental Social Scientist at the Field Museum.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats.

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