Saving The Bay (Part 1)

Saving the Bay, Part 1 (2009)

Movie Date and Time: April 12th, 7 PM in Peacock

Sustainable Rossmoor will show SAVING THE BAY on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm in Peacock Hall. The film shares an invaluable lesson about how ordinary citizens can have an impact on protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Spearheaded by three women in the East Bay hills, the story of how the San Francisco Bay was saved is not only compelling in its own right, but launched a movement that continues.

Narrated by Robert Redford, SAVING THE BAY also explores the history of one of America’s greatest natural resources — San Francisco Bay — tracing the Bay from its geologic origins through years of catastrophic exploitation to the restoration efforts of today. This film takes viewers on an unforgettable journey around the waters of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

According the the film’s website,  SAVING THE BAY received four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary in May, 2010. When the series premiered in two parts on KQED October 8, 2009, it had the single highest rating of any PBS program in the nation the evening of its initial broadcast, with the audience increasing every 15 minutes until the end.

The April 12th showing in Peacock Theatre will feature Part 1 of the original PBS documentary with Part 2 shown at a later date. The film begins with the formation of San Francisco Bay following the last Ice Age and the Native Peoples who settled along its shores 3,000 years ago. It follows the history of  the European exploration and settlements by the Spanish and the Russians. The California gold rush led to San Francisco’s rapid development into a major metropolis  and brought a radical change for the Bay. By century’s end, San Francisco Bay became the center of the broad economic empire on the Pacific, changed forever by the expansion of the commercial shipping industry.

The history of the Bay shows how people-power triumphed, but the struggle continues to balance the competing demands of major urban centers amidst an environmentally sensitive landscape. Captions included. Learn more by visiting the Save the Bay website.


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