POV's The City Dark Asks: 'Do We Need the Stars?'
“A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that’s what Ian Cheney has made in The City Dark. . . . This film makes you want to go find a starry sky to camp under quickly, before it’s all gone.” -- Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.
As the 25th anniversary season of POV continues, check out The City Dark this Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on tpt 2.
In this film that blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, get a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.
“The City Dark took three years to make. I began by speaking with astronomers, which pushed me toward two other lines of inquiry: the intangible idea of our spiritual and emotional connection to the stars and the science of the night, including the effect on humans and wildlife,” said filmmaker Ian Cheney. “My hope is that the film will inspire people to look up more; to reconsider the way their houses, streets and cities are lit; and to realize that tiny changes in the way we light our world can make a big difference.”
Follow Cheney’s journey to discover the surprising and alarming costs of light pollution and the disappearance of the night sky.
Check out a preview of The City Dark airing this Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on tpt 2.
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