'LIRA: An Enclave of Life on the Coast of Death'
U.S. Premiere of LIRA, reserva de Vida en la costa da Morte as part of the 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival.
For the fishing community of LIRA, located on Spain’s “Costa da Morte,” the spill from The Prestige, an oil tanker, has spawned innovative approaches to the problems of overfishing and overall health of the sea. The disaster has led this community to establish the first Marine Reserve for Fishing Interests, called “Os Miñarzos”, to serve the needs of local fisheries. The project is increasingly becoming a model for other similar communities around the world.
The 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival will take place from March 15 to 27. More than 100 films from 40 different countries will be presented in one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Documentaries, features, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s film at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters and are attended by large audiences. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most Festival films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public.
Directed by Marcos Gallego Fernández, the Spanish film LIRA: An enclave of on the Coast of Death will be briefly introduced by Guillermo Corral, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of Spain. In Spanish and Galician with English subtitles. Admission is free.