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Documentary Screening: 2.5% – The Osa Peninsula
May 17, 2016 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pmFree
Join us for a private screening of 2.5% – The Osa Peninsula – winner of best documentary at the 2015 Santa Monica Independent Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Eytan Elterman and Marco Bollinger who will discuss their 5 months living in the Costa Rican rainforest alongside several jungle communities and how that experience led to the launch of a new social enterprise called Lokal Travel.
This multilayered documentary gleans the first part of its name from the fact that this tiny peninsula in Costa Rica accounts for 2.5% of all global biodiversity. As with nearly all of the countries in Central and South America, there is an ongoing struggle between environmentalists, the disenfranchised and marginalized local populations and powerful moneyed interests that seek to exploit the rich lands for various schemes. In this particular case, an international airport is contemplated, trotted out with the familiar tropes about job creation and opportunity. Yet, within this rich documentary, director Eytan Elterman makes a compelling case for more sustainable approaches to this delicate ecosystem, that balance the needs of environmental protection with the needs of the local community. With themes that resonate well beyond the borders of Costa Rica, 2.5% – The Osa Peninsulais a globally important film that explores the effects of globalization on small communities and pristine places in the developing world. Run Time – 41 minutes.