Oscar-nominated documentarian Christian Frei (War Photographer) and co-director Maxim Arbugaev juxtapose two seemingly separate worlds: the life of mammoth tusk hunters on a remote arctic island and the cutting-edge, high tech world of bioengineering after an intact mammoth carcass— with flowing blood—is discovered in the thawing permafrost. Featuring Harvard geneticist George Church and controversial cloning pioneer Woo Suk Hwang, the film explores the uncharted waters of genetic science, with its complex moral ramifications.
Rgraphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language.
“This masterful drama by Alfonso Cuarón is many things at once: epic and intimate, mythic and mundane.” –Washington Post
The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (GRAVITY, CHILDREN OF MEN, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. (Mexico, 135m, 2018)
“The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The film discusses the connection nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now. John Muir played many roles in his life: mystic, prophet, author, poet, conservationist, radical, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world today, and his work has become a personal guide into the natural world for countless individuals. The film interviews noted psychiatrists, therapists, theologians, writers, and every day people and asks them to discuss their relationship with nature, and its transformative effect in their lives.
Director Michael M. Conti will be in attendance for a short Q & A after the film, and will be joined by producer Heather Boyle. Tickets are $12, available online and in person at the CCA box office.