Masons Hall - May 29, 2010 - 9:30 a.m.

Date: May 29, 2010
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Masons Hall

Madagascar, a Journey Diary

Film Screening — Duration: 12 mins

A travel diary may include all sorts of mementos, such as sketches, bus tickets, exotic currency and watercolor portraits. In this short, animated film, the journey diary’s scope is broadened with music and moving pictures. The pages of this vibrant diary tell the story of a European visitor’s trip to a Malagasy ceremony called Famadihana (“the turning of the dead”).

Africa’s Lost Eden

Africa’s Lost Eden

Film Screening — Duration: 50 mins

At the age of 38, Greg Carr had made enough money to last a lifetime and became a philanthropist. As Bob Shacochis wrote in Outside magazine, “…by 2002, Carr was inundated with projects: turning the former headquarters of the Aryan Nations into a peace park; donating $18 million to establish Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights; starting a radio station in Afghanistan. He was conducting a marching band of altruism, on fire with intellectual stimulation yet yearning for something with ‘a little vision to it, some mystery, some romance, some difficult problems to solve.’” He found one helluva problem in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, once a paradise for wildlife but now another victim of the country’s two decades of civil war. As this film from National Geographic shows, Carr committed $40 million of his fortune and 20 years of his life to return Gorongosa to its former glory.