Since 2016, we have hosted educational film screenings and presentations for the children and families of the areas we serve. We have expanded the program to offer bimonthly screenings in a themed series. These events are possible thanks to Cinépolis, Mexico's largest cinema franchise, who graciously donated a 45-seat community cinema to Careyes in 2016.
The first theme was sea turtle conservation. We showed A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures to each of our eleven area elementary schools, and our biologist Alejandro Peña gave a presentation on sea turtle conservation. In March 2017, we began our second series focused on regional occupations. Before showing Ratatouille, local professional chefs gave a presentation to provide students with a better idea of one of the main industries within the region: restaurants and tourism. In 2018, we screened the movie Inside Out, which was followed by an interactive discussion about emotions and mental health, led by a licensed psychologist.
The movie screenings are free, with popcorn included! In addition to being educational events, the movie screenings provide entertainment for the community youth and are family affairs in which parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. We have recently partnered with the Municipality of La Huerta to provide school buses to transport the children to these events. With the support of our gracious donors, we hope to secure a Foundation bus for our future community cinema events.