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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s powerful documentary, “A Fierce Green Fire: the Battle for a Living Planet,” detailing five decades of the environmental movement, will be featured at the Chula Vista Public Library’s Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Isabel Allende and Van Jones, the film has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world. Kitchell’s new release is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from conservation to climate change. The film screening will be part of the City of Chula Vista’s Earth Day/Earth Month celebrations, and is free to the public. The showing at the Chula Vista Library is the only one scheduled in San Diego County this year.

“The library is pleased to host a screening of this award-winning documentary,” says Principal Librarian Stephanie Loney. “It both celebrates Earth Month and encourages Chula Vista residents to discover the SDG&E Energy Lounges at the library with a wide variety of books and tools to help all of us make our homes and businesses more energy efficient.”

“A Fierce Green Fire” chronicles the largest movement of the past five decades, connecting all of the major parts of environmentalism. The film focuses on activism – people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future, and succeeding against all odds. It unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character. The stories include the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon, the Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, the Greenpeace campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals, the fight to save the Amazon rainforest, and the 25-year effort to address the volatile issue of climate change. Vivid archival film footage and insightful interviews shed light on the movement. The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

For further information, call the Chula Vista Public Library at (619) 691-5069, or visit the website at or the film’s site:

Posted: March 25, 2014

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