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“Voices of the Glades” Documentary Premiere
April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for the premiere screening of “Voices of the Glades: Remembering Hurricane Irma” at Museum of the Everglades on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 PM. Seating is limited so we recommend early arrival. Free admission.
Voices of the Glades: Remembering Hurricane Irma (2018) offers a local perspective on the impact of a major hurricane on rural communities bordering the United States Everglades National Park. Hurricane Irma arrived in Southwest Florida on September 10, 2017, bringing high winds and a devastating 9-foot storm surge which deposited large amounts of debris and caused extensive damage to the region, including homes and businesses. The unique and delicate ecosystem of the Everglades is intricately linked with the identity and economy of the close-knit communities of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and Copeland. Recovery has been slow, and many of the needs of the residents have yet to be met.
The documentary utilizes excerpts from oral histories collected by Florida Gulf Coast University undergraduate students as a means of giving voice to the local culture and needs of these communities and how their unique history and knowledge of hurricanes informs their experience. Residents, many from multi-generational families in the area, offer an insider perspective of their experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Irma, providing insight into the ways that local knowledge informs cultural responses to hurricanes.