A film spotlighting global ecological issues and the papal call for environmental care is coming to Lebanon.
“The Letter,” a documentary exploring conversations on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, will be shown at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1500 Quentin Road, on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
“The Letter” follows environmental leaders from various backgrounds invited to Rome for dialogue with Pope Francis, delving into the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, and our collective responsibility toward Earth, our shared home.
The documentary, released on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in 2022, highlights the disparate impact of climate crisis on the world’s most vulnerable communities, with voices from the global poor, indigenous groups, youth activists, and biodiversity experts. Participants include Cacique Dada, an Amazon indigenous leader; Arouna Kande, a Senegalese climate refugee; Ridhima Pandey, an Indian youth activist; and Hawaii-based scientists Greg Asner and Robin Martin.
Their compelling conversation with the Pope underlines not only the urgency of increasing ecological disasters but also their close link to social crises globally.
The screening will conclude with a group discussion, followed by brief presentations from the event’s co-hosts, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Directed and co-produced by two-time Emmy winner Nicolas Brown, the film is a collaborative effort with Laudato Si’ Movement and Off the Fence productions, the team behind the 2021 Oscar-winning documentary “My Octopus Teacher.”
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