COA presents filmmaker and film about border fence


If you would like to talk with the filmmaker, let us know. Thanks! Donna

RELEASE CALENDAR ITEM BELOW COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS FILM ABOUT BORDER FENCE COA alumnus screens his film, “El Muro” CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470, dgold@coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME-“We’re undoing the work of nature,” says one of the commentators in the film, “El Muro,” by College of the Atlantic 1981 alumnus Greg Rainoff. The film presents the human and environmental impact of the international border fence the United States government has erected between the US and Mexico. It will be screened Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Focusing on just 3.5 miles of the fence, dividing San Diego from Tijuana, the film visits the reasons for the fence with local and global perspectives on its effectiveness. Migrants, deportees, minutemen, coyotes, environmentalists, writers, and academics lend their experience and perspective in terms of human rights, democracy, NAFTA, globalization, and the impact on the Tijuana estuary, the last standing unobstructed piece of estuarine wetland left on the California coast, a breeding ground for more than 350 birds.

Rainoff worked for twenty years as a Hollywood special effects artist. Eventually, as he said, “I needed to do something good with myself.” Adds Rainoff, “I started a film about birds and it became about human rights. … Globalization and climate change are happening at the same time. You can’t just tell a story about the environment anymore.”

For more information on the Thursday, May 5 screening of “El Muro” contact Dianne Clendaniel at doc@coa.edu or (207) 801-5624.

CALENDAR ITEM Film Screening: Thursday May 5 at 7 p.m. “El Muro.” Greg Rainoff, College of the Atlantic alumnus, screens his film about the human and environmental consequences of the fence between the United States and Mexico. Discussion follows. McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. doc@coa.edu or (207) 801-5624, or 207-288-5015. Free.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell dgold@coa.edu www.coa.edu

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