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The Lensic & WildEarth Guardians Present The Future of Wild – Elephants and Wolves
Featuring the short documentary, Lysander’s Song

What does the future of the elephant have to do with the future of childhood?
Everything.

April 25, 7 pm

Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic and WildEarth Guardians present an evening dedicated to the future of wild elephants and wolves on April 25. The event features the short documentary, Lysander’s Song, directed by the photo-documentarians Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. The film explores the complex and deeply-rooted relationships between the native tribespeople of Kenya and the elephant.

The husband and wife team have exposed the degradation of the natural world since 1996, first with the book, Lost Africa (2004), on the tribes of East Africa, and Walking Thunder (2009), about the decimation of the African elephant. Their work brought the slaughter of Africa’s elephants to the attention of the editors at Vanity Fair. In August 2011, the magazine published the searing investigative feature, Agony and Ivory, by writer Alex Shoumatoff about the tens of thousands of elephants massacred because of the demand for ivory amongst China’s newly rich.

Today, the couple is screening Lysander’s Song at select venues around the U.S. The film addresses the question, “What does the future of the elephant have to do with the future of childhood?” The answer: “Everything.” Combining wildlife footage with the concerns and legends of indigenous people in Kenya, the film explores their unique relationships to and with the elephant. Elaborating on the Samburu people’s totem and the unique role the elephant plays in their belief system, Lysander’s Song emphasizes the essential role of the non-human in the human mind and spiritual ecology. The film considers wildlife to be an essential part of our identity.

Cyril Christo, the son of the artist duo Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1987 documentary, A Stitch for Time for which he was the executive producer. He and Marie Wilkinson have long campaigned to bring attention to the poaching of elephants. “The inspiration was our son, Lysander, his love for elephants and the wild,” Cyril told Vanity Fair. “Without the elephants, we will self-cannibalize. We cannot afford to tell the children of the future, ‘This is where the wild things were.’”

Carol Norton, Associate Director of WildEarth Guardians will provide an introduction and a short film presentation of the video, Restoring the Wolf, Restoring the Wild, a photo essay narrated by Alan Arkin. A discussion with Lysander's Song filmmakers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson follows the program. All proceeds benefit WildEarth Guardians and the Lysander’s Song project.

Running time: Lysander’s Song, 25 minutes

Event Details: The Lensic and WildEarth Guardians present The Future of Wild – Elephants and Wolves, April 25 at 7 pm.

Tickets: $10 / $7 students. Tickets are available at www.lensic.org; 988.1234 or at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.

About The Lensic Performing Arts Center

The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center presents more than 200 events year-round, including theater, music, dance, spoken word, film and lectures. Through Lensic Presents, Performance Arts Education and Community Sponsorships, The Lensic is a major partner and supporter of Santa Fe’s nonprofits, artistic organizations and schools. For more information on the many presentations and programs of The Lensic, visit www.lensic.org.

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