Turtle Power: Conservation and Culture

PLV Media and Communication Arts students present the premiere of ¡Viva La Tortuga!, the documentary they wrote, shot, and produced on location in Baja.

A few months ago, we told you all about Dyson Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin, and the 12 Media and Communication Arts students who were headed to Mexico’s Baja peninsula to chronicle how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other extractive activities depleting the region’s rich natural resources are now thriving with a new economic model, one built around conservation and sustainable tourism.

Camping on a remote stretch of beach, they filmed the marine and coastal wildlife around Magdalena Bay, the largest wetlands ecosystem on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California, north of Cabo San Lucas, as part of one of Pace’s unique travel courses.

After days and nights of researching, collecting, and editing, the students’ hard work comes to fruition as they present the premiere of their documentary, ¡Viva La Tortuga!: Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay, an intimate portrait of those working to balance economic advancement with environmental protection and striving to create a better life for both the community and the endangered sea turtles.

This year, both the NYC and PLV campuses will be treated to screenings:

PLV Campus:
Tuesday, May 7
4:00 p.m.
Wilcox Hall

NYC Campus:
Wednesday, May 8
4:00 p.m.
Student Union

The documentary runs 15 minutes and the student filmmakers and their professors will participate in a Q&A following the screening. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. E-mail bsimon@pace.edu to RSVP for the PLV screening. For the NYC screening, e-mail ms63563n@pace.edu. For a sneak peek at what’s in store, click here. You can also read more about their journey on their blog at http://pacebaja.wordpress.com/.