PEAC is hosting the San Diego Premiere of the film YOCHI on Saturday, July 29th at 11:00 am, in Coronado’s beautiful Vintage Village Cinema theater! (820 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118)
Tickets are only $15/person and are available for on-line purchase here
Proceeds from this showing will support the programs of Parrot Education & Adoption Center.
This film tells the story of a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, Yochi, who guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course. Learn more about the film at www.yochifilm.com Although this is a dramatic film it carries a strong anti-poaching messaging; so needed to protect parrots in the wild.
Following the screening, Ilana Lapid (Writer/Director) will be present to share her adventures and successes in creating this special film. YOCHI was developed to open dialogue between the local communities in Belize who are vulnerable to pressure from poachers, and the conservationists who wish to protect the local species. She has traveled to communities in Belize to screen the film with them and discuss the story, and we’ll get to hear all about it directly from her!
Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on building an event around a special screening of “Yochi” in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2017, that could include a panel of experts on the illegal wildlife trade. The international NGO Wildlife Conservation Society, is planning on using “Yochi” in conservation education across the Caribbean, starting in the fall.