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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday -- Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

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June 13, 2008

Movie Review Friday -- Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Escape to the movies with one of our "Film Fridays" selections. Each week we'll feature a movie review with environmentally or socially responsible themes that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD.

Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 words or less and look for your review in the next Movie Friday!

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
a documentary by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer

An engineering "mistake", Southern California's Salton Sea is a 35-mile-long, 15-mile-wide desert-bound lake, a haven for millions of birds, and home to an assortment of highly eccentric people. Once touted as the "California Riviera" frequented by the Beach Boys and Sonny Bono, the Salton Sea is now plagued by an increasing salt content, algae blooms, and massive fish die-offs; nearby towns struggle with economic stagnation.  Narrated by John Waters, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea documents the life cycle of this peculiar ecological accident with humor and compassion.


-D.W.

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