Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Friday selections. Each week we review a film with environmentally or socially-responsible themes that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD.
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Nim's Island (2008)
Available on DVD
This is an excellent family film. Much of the action takes place on a remote island in the south seas and centers on the special life created by a marine biologist (Gerard Butler) and his 11-year-old daughter, Nim (Abigail Breslin). It also stars Jodie Foster as a writer who comes to rescue Nim. The scenery is beautiful, and father and daughter take great care of their habitat.
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"People on every coast in the world are our neighbors, and we have to find ways to help them be prepared for what will come when storms hit."
You know him as Red in The Shawshank Redemption, Lucius Fox in the Batman movies, and maybe even as God in last summer's box-office dud Evan Almighty. But Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman is a man who acts far beyond Hollywood. Sierra spoke with him about PlanIt Now, a nonprofit he founded after Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada in 2004. Initially called the Grenada Relief Fund, the group--which has partnered with the Sierra Club to encourage disaster preparedness--now works to help people in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean ready their families and businesses for big storms.
SIERRA: Hurricane Ivan was not the first disaster to strike a vulnerable community. What compelled you to do something about this one?
Morgan Freeman: I got a call from friends in Grenada. They were worried about the people on the other side of the island who were struggling to get water, food, and medical attention because of the mud slides and other issues. In the weeks that followed, people there were sick and dehydrated and losing weight fast--and relief was slow. I had to try to help.
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