Winner of the Best of Festival Award at 2015 Charleston Film Festival
Call of the Ancient Mariner (directed by David Weintraub) explores the extraordinary connection between sea turtles and human culture. Sea turtles, the world’s only living dinosaur, have graced our planet for over 150 million years. And throughout the course of history, people have been captivated by these iconic creatures, making them our totem; our deity; our source of wisdom, fertility and longevity. Man’s first writing was done on the back of a turtle shell, and the first known coin has a sea turtle on it. The Maya based their sophisticated astronomical system on the scutes (external bony plates) of a turtle. This film documents these fascinating historical connections, what they mean for us today and how they inform our current conservation efforts. It is noteworthy that although sea turtles survived ice ages and mass extinctions, their biggest test – surviving mankind – is still a haunting question mark.
Released in 2015
Running time: 77 minutes
10:00 am on Fri., Nov. 6th at The Earthbox
6:00 pm on Sat., Nov. 7th at The Earthbox