April 4-15: Sierra Club Partners with Film Festival

April 4-15
Tower City Cinemas

The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival will be underway April 4-15 at Tower City Cinemas and NEO Sierra Club is again a proud community partner with the festival. We will sponsor a documentary entitled Haze. It’s Complicated, which focuses on forest destruction in southeast Asia. The film explores how demand for cheap palm oil has caused extensive deforestation for the purpose of planting African oil palm. The deforestation is generally accompanied by burning to remove slash. Consequently, peat soils are ignited, producing smoldering fires that are difficult to extinguish and release carbon dioxide and particulates (haze) into the atmosphere. In an era of accelerating climate change, this deforestation and burning has become a global environmental disaster. Please consider attending the film to learn more about the complex social and economic forces that have created this problem.

A schedule for the film festival which includes the dates and times for Haze will be posted at www.clevelandfilm.org on March 9. Tickets also go on sale March 9 and can be purchased through clevelandfilm.org. Please check the NEO Sierra Club website for an upcoming announcement concerning a password (most likely, “Sierra”) that you can use to receive a discount on tickets. Buying tickets in advance is always a good idea as many of the shows sell out. NEO Sierra Club representatives will speak before each screening of the film; let’s make sure that they are speaking to packed houses!

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