(Beyond Pesticides, March 13, 2009) National Women’s History Month (March 2009) features a new film honoring Rachel Carson, the woman who launched the modern environmental movement. The film, A Sense of Wonder, will be screened nationwide to celebrate today’s women leaders who are saving the planet. Beyond Pesticides believes that the film, which is available on DVD, is a great tool for community organizers.
March activities include three major city celebrations and film premieres:
Washington, DC: Wednesday, March 18, 7:00pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Film Festival. (8th & F Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 20001)
Los Angeles: Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater. (9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90211)
New York City: Friday, March 27, 7:30pm at Anthology Film Archives Theater. (32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, New York, New York, 10003
Each screening is free and open to the public.
This year’s National Women’s History Month will honor Rachel Carson, the pioneer of the modern environmental movement. Carson’s bestseller Silent Spring led to the banning of the chemical DDT, the creation of the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the birth of the organic food movement. Al Gore writes in his foreward to the thirtieth anniversary edition of Silent Spring, “Without this book, the environmental movement may never have developed at all.”
March activities celebrating Rachel Carson include 100 nationwide screenings of the newly released film, A Sense of Wonder. The film depicts Rachel Carson in the last year of her life, as she battles cancer and the chemical industry and focuses her final energy on getting her message to Congress and the American people in the wake of publishing Silent Spring. “This film is absolutely remarkable. You cannot walk away unmoved,” stated Bill Moyers.
“Rachel Carson taught us that the natural world and human society are, indeed, interdependent and indivisible, and moreover that we have an obligation as stewards of the environment to safeguard and protect the world around us,” said Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine. “This responsibility has been passed from generation to generation and as such constitutes the cornerstone of her legacy that endures. And in that light, I couldn’t be more pleased that Rachel Carson’s remarkable story has been adapted for the screen in A Sense of Wonder, so more people may learn about her life and the guiding principles that shaped it and that continue to inspire us all.”
A Sense of Wonder stars Broadway, film and television actress Kaiulani Lee. Using Carson’s own words, Lee’s portrait of Carson is historically accurate and powerfully moving. Noted drama critic Christopher Rawson says, “What Lee achieves in barely an hour is something rare””she merges herself with Carson’s spirit.”
About the DVD
The deluxe edition DVD of this new 55-minute film was released March 1, with special features including: a visit with Carson’s adopted son Roger, an interview with former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, and a short companion film titled Lessons from Carson featuring scientist Dr. David Suzuki, author Richard Louv, the Center for Food Safety’s Andrew Kimbrell, Beyond Pesticides’ Jay Feldman, NRDC co-founder Gus Speth, and scientist Theo Colborn. The DVD will be available for sale at each screening.