The Climate Movie Circle is proud to present our May film selection, “Landfall.” “Landfall” examines a ruined world at the brink of transformation, spinning cautionary tales for our times, through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. “Landfall” reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

This FREE screening with popcorn and optional follow up discussion will be held in-person Sunday, May 14, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Yolo County Library at 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA. Bring mom and enjoy the show! Better yet, come without mom and give her some time alone after a breakfast in bed morning (and a cleaned up kitchen)!

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  • Landfall
  • Date of Completion: 2020
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Language: English/Spanish
  • Captions: Yes
  • Includes: Transcript and Discussion Guide (Available Upon Purchase)
  • Director: Cecilia Aldarondo
  • Producer: Ines Hofmann Kanna

Latinx Studies • Capitalism and Economic Inequality • Climate Change/Environmental Issues • (Post) Colonial Studies 

GRAND JURY PRIZE – DOC NYC BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Boston Latino International Film Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Guanajuato International Film Festival

Masks are always welcome but not required at this time. We’re also proud to announce a new partnership with the Yolo County Library Stephens Davis Branch, which includes use of the library’s popcorn machine! We’ll be able to make more, faster, in case our room flows over!

We hope you can join us!

Your Climate Movie Circle Planning Team

More about “Landfall”

Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, “Landfall” is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. “Landfall” examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, “Landfall” reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

Cecilia Aldarondo is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora who makes films at the intersection of poetics and politics. Her latest film, LANDFALL, offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico. Her earlier documentary MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (Tribeca 2016) had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2017. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2017 Women at Sundance Fellow, two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow, and recipient of a 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Residency. In 2019 she was named to DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list and is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2015. She received the 2021 Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association. She teaches at Williams College.

Q&A with Cecilia

Pledge at the screening

Volunteers will be collecting “Why I’m pledging” videos at the screening for the Earth Day Pledge Challenge!

You will be among the first to have the opportunity to make your pledge to reduce carbon pollution and build resilience throughout the coming year to Earth Day 2024. Cool Davis identifies the high impact actions and ways to achieve them; you get busy building new habits, sharing your story, and learning from friends, family, and neighbors.



The Earth Day Pledge Challenge is about Yolo County residents completing at least six specific greenhouse gas reducing or resilience building actions over the course of one full year from Earth Day 2023 to Earth Day 2024.  Embrace the challenge: Be the ripple that starts a wave.

New pledges will be accepted through July 22, 2023.