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Filmmaker David Abel and 'Inundation District' at Yale University

Event Date:

February 12, 2024 | 5:30 PM EST TO 6:30 PM EST


Yale University
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511

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Despite climate threats, Boston spent billions on a new neighborhood.

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Join filmmaker and Pulitzer Center grantee David Abel at a screening of his film Inundation District on February 12, 2024, at an event organized by the Yale School of the Environment Urban Learning Community.

The 79-minute film, a production by The Boston Globe and supported by the Pulitzer Center, focuses on how, in a time of rising seas and intensifying storms, one of the world’s wealthiest, most-educated cities made a fateful decision to spend billions of dollars erecting a new district along its coast—on landfill, at sea level.

The Boston neighborhood of glass towers houses some of the world’s largest companies. It was built well after scientists—many from the Boston area's renowned universities—began warning of climate threats. The city called the new quarter Innovation District. With sea levels rising, others are calling the neighborhood by a different name: Inundation District.

The feature-length film Inundation District by Abel and Ted Blanco explores the climate dangers facing the neighborhood. It premiered in fall 2023 as the closing-night film at the GlobeDocs Film Festival. 

Abel is a member of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium Advisory Council through his association with Boston University, one of more than 40 college partners with the Pulitzer Center. Yale is another of the Campus Consortium partner schools.

Abel will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Dinner will be provided before the screening at 5:30pm EST. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Tickets are available here.

Other upcoming screenings include:

  • March 4, 2024: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • March 23, 2024: Blue Water Film Festival in San Diego
  • March 30, 2024: Woods Hole Film Festival in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

To learn more about the film and screenings, please visit the Inundation District website.


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