Hanover College will present a screening of the documentary film “The Guardians,” Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102. The viewing is open to the public, free of charge.
Filmed in Donaciano Ojeda, Mexico, during a three-year period, “The Guardians” tells an intimate story of a unique community at the front lines of monarch butterfly conservation.
After migrating 3,000 miles to hibernate in the towering firs of the Michoacán mountains, the species once numbered one billion before reaching an all-time low of 33 million when filming began in 2014. In a delicate balance between humans and nature, the documentary interweaves the lives of the threatened butterfly with an indigenous community in the valley below battling to restore the forest while confronting internal divisions, illegal loggers and their own mortality.
The presentation of “The Guardians” is sponsored by the Hanover College Environmental Stewardship Committee, Jefferson County (Ind.) Pollinator Action Group, Oak Heritage Conservancy and Pollinator Partnership.
This past fall, Hanover earned certification as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities and campuses to sustain pollinators by providing a healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of pesticides. Hanover is one of more than 150 cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.