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San Diego Film Premiere To Benefit Parrot Charity


  • WHEN Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m.
  • WHERE Coronado Village Theater, 820 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $15

The Parrot Education and Adoption Center is hosting a benefit screening of the new, award-winning (Belize Film Festival Best Short Film) dramatic film “Yochi” at Coronado Village Theater on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m.

About The Film

"Yochi" is the story of a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered yellow-headed parrots in Belize’s pine savannah.

When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.

"Yochi" is a film about connection, finding your voice, and protecting that which is most sacred to you.

The filmmakers' intention for this film is to raise awareness and encourage dialogue about poaching and the illegal wildlife trade and "Yochi" has already toured through several cities in Belize bringing conservationists and community members together.

"Yochi" engages a complex issue by humanizing all the characters - and in doing so, will continue to encourage dialogue about the underlying social and economic factors that lead to poaching.

The yellow-headed parrot, found in the lowland pine savannah of Belize, is gravely endangered due to poaching and deforestation. Populations of Yellow-Headed Parrots have declined over 90 percent since the 1970s.

Writer/Director Ilana Lapid will be present to discuss the making of Yochi and answer questions after the screening.

Film length is approximately 25 minutes. Discussion period after screening will be approximately 25-30 minutes.

Proceeds from this showing will support the programs of the Parrot Education and Adoption Center. This event is open to the public.

About The Parrot Education And Adoption Center

Parrot Education & Adoption Center (PEAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-operated organization dedicated to educating current and potential bird owners on the proper care of companion parrots. Based in San Diego and covering Southern California, PEAC began operations in 1996.

In addition to education, PEAC fosters a small number of parrots who have been relinquished by their owners, and are available to be adopted by qualified families. Your generous support at fundraising events like this one, allows us to continue our commitment to companion parrot welfare in the community.

About The Making Of "Yochi"

"Yochi" is a US-Belizean co-production shot in May, 2016 in western Belize, with a cast made up entirely of Belizean non-actors from villages in Cayo district. "Yochi" was shot in San Antonio Village, the surrounding jungle, and Mountain Pine Ridge.

The film is in four languages: Yucatec Mayan, English Creole, English, and Spanish. The crew is made up of Belizean filmmakers, and students and recent graduates of the Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

A production still from the film. Courtesy of "Yochi."

Above: A production still from the film. Courtesy of "Yochi."


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