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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Movie Watch for April 2012: Challenges and Optimism this Month

Spring is the season of renewal and optimism—and those are the overarching themes of our April Movie Watch selections, which highlight humans’ capacity to surmount overwhelming challenges.   

Shattered Sky, showing April 12, 2012, at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY, documents how, during geopolitical turmoil, and a recession, America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis it had ever seen—the hole in the ozone layer. With the world now facing crises regarding energy resources and climate change, the film restores confidence in America’s ability to tackle change. The 7:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a discussion led by Patti Wood, director of GRASSROOTS Environmental Education. The cost is a $10 donation; reservations required.    

Revenge of the Electric Car, showing April 18 at Cinema De Lux in White Plains, NY, goes behind the closed doors of major auto distributors as they jockey for position in the global race to produce the first and best electric car and win the hearts and minds of the public. Their success or failure will shape the future of electric cars—and the auto industry itself. Sponsored by the New York City & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Revenge begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion and cocktails. Cost is $25 for a regular ticket or $50 for a VIP ticket.      

Also showing April 18 is Delicious Peace, which chronicles how Christian, Jewish and Muslim coffee farmers in Uganda united to help bring peace and economic hope to a country torn by the Idi Amin regime of terror. The 5:15 p.m. screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville, NY, will be followed by a coffee tasting and discussion with Rabbi Jason Nevarez (Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners), Rev. Paul Alcorn (Bedford Presbyterian Church), Dr. Kareem Adeeb (American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies), and JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon. Cost is $6 for JBFC members or $11 for non-members.