Education Blog

From Pleasantville to Curaçao

By Karolina Manko, Education Assistant 05.14.15

Over the last several years, a Pace University documentary production class has taken students off campus to study environmental issues and gain filmmaking experience. This year’s class went to Curaçao, a small island with a big conservation problem. Located off the northern coast of Venezuela, Curaçao has become a popular tourism spot, offering visitors opportunities to scuba dive into dense regions of coral reefs. However, this booming industry comes as a cost- and the Pace students spent their time researching and investigating what that price is. The result is an hour-long student-made documentary film.

On Tuesday, May 12 the students premiered their documentary, Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, at the Jacob Burns theater. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Professor/Program Director for the MA in Media and Communication Arts, Maria Luskay, and New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger/Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Andrew Revkin. 

This incredible film is available in its entirety on YouTube.

Read more about the program and the screening at the JBFC in the White Plains Daily Voice.