SIDNEY – The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) is gearing up to host guests for another night at the movies in the aquarium.
SODC will be showing the film People of a Feather, a documentary that examines a people’s past and present connection to a marine bird species that has kept them alive for hundreds of years.
“We chose to screen the film People of a Feather not just for its brilliant storytelling and showcasing of the outstanding arctic Canadian landscape, but also because of its focus on how human technology can directly impact the ocean’s ecosystem and in turn, how a flailing ocean ecosystem can be detrimental to the survival of mankind,” said SODC’s Christina Smethhurst.
People of a Feather tells the story of Inuit people of the Sanikiluaq community living on Hudson Bay’s Belcher Island and their cultural relationship with the Common Eider, a diving duck that overwinters in their region.
In recent years, mass die-offs of the birds caused by changes to ocean currents due to hydroelectric projects have drastically affected the quality of life of the Inuit of Belcher Islands who have spent generations relying on the Eider to survive.
The film won many accolades, including several Leo Awards, two New York International TV/Film Awards and received the Best Film in B.C. Award in 2011 from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
All ticket sales to the Night at the Movies on Friday, May 31 benefit the Arctic Eider Society and the SODC which is a not-for-profit organization.
Cost for an adult with an annual pass is $10 and adult non-pass holders are $12. Youth (17 or younger) annual pass holders are $6, youth non-pass holders are $8 (this particular film is not recommended for children under the age of 10.)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7.