National Coffee Day today is a good day to tell you about the upcoming Wildlife Conservation Film Festival featuring films about climate change, saving elephants and tigers, dolphins and whales, disappearing coral reefs, growth of plastics in the ocean, and more.
You’re probably asking what this has to do with coffee. Here’s what:
One of the featured films is Elephants in the Coffee, about how the expansion of coffee plantations in Southern India has led to torture and killing of elephants, and deaths of workers. With hundreds of people and dozens of elephants dying each year, the film explores whether farmers can co-exist with this endangered animal, and the role of such companies as Starbucks in the death of endangered Indian elephants.
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival addresses the political and economic issues of climate change, animal conservation and more, with ten days of award-winning documentaries, panel discussions and other events, in NYC, Oct. 20-26. Screenings are at the Cinema Village Theater, 22 East 12th St. and University Place.
Films are grouped into “sessions” of two or three short documentaries, each with a Q&A with one of the filmmakers, including Elephant in the Coffee filmmakers Tom Grant and B. K. Bhaskar. Each session is $18 purchased online in advanced, or $30 at the door. There’s also an all-access pass for $250.
Full disclosure: B.K. Bhaskar is a longtime friend of NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter, and a fellow member of SATW, the Society of American Travel Writers, North America’s premier professional organization for credentialed travel journalists and photographers. And I’ll be attending the screening on Oct. 21.
photo courtesy Elephants in the Coffee