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Kokota: The Islet of Hope

Eric Moe Award Program – Presented with the National Wildlife Federation.

*Winner of the Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability

Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do? Kokota: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk’s quest to help Kokota. This short introduces viewers to resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and tells the story of how these unlikely heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate and reforest their island. This inspirational film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts.

Directed by Craig Norris. Produced by Manuel Harchies and Craig Norris.


Monday, Mar. 20, 7:00 pm – National Geographic

* Tickets: $10. Discussion with Craig Norris (dir. Kokota), Peter Byck (dir. One Thousand Beating Hearts), Greg McGruder (Advisory Council, Environmental Film Festival), Flo Stone (Founder, Environmental Film Festival), Collin O’Mara (National Wildlife Federation) and Alex Moe follows screening.