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NYC - Film Screening - Common Ground


Director & Producer: Phillip Buccellato.
Associate Producer: Jesse Ash.
We will be joined by the Director and Associate Producer as well as by Ravi Corea, founder president of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society for a Q&A after the film.

The Explorers Club cordially invites you to a special New York screening of Common Ground, a documentary film on the conflict between humans and elephants for land. This conflict has further intensified with the ending of the nearly 33 year long civil war in Sri Lanka. This is mainly due to war displaced people moving back into areas that had been abandoned for 33 years and had reverted to jungle and become elephant habitat.

For thousands of years, across Asia, humans and elephants have lived side by side in a relatively peaceful coexistence. That relationship is now being threatened due to increasing human populations and loss of elephant habitats. Elephants and humans are being forced to compete for resources, a problem that has been defined as Human-Elephant-Conflict. This predicament poses a serious threat to the elephant's continued existence. While this is a widespread concern all across Asia and Africa, it is nowhere more apparent than in the small island of Sri Lanka.

There are less than 5,000 Asian elephants left in Sri Lanka and they are listed by the IUCN as 'Endangered' and by CITES as a species threatened with extinction. The main threats they face in Sri Lanka are habitat loss due to clearing of forest for subsistence agriculture and mega development projects, poaching for ivory, illegal capture and retribution killing for raiding crops.

Common Ground, which was selected for six international film festivals, provides an insightful overview of the intense human-elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka. The film also shows some of the international and national award winning measures the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society had developed and implemented over the years to mitigate human elephant conflicts.

Running Time: 53 Minutes

Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC student members, $5 w/ a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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