Documentary Film: “It Ain’t Easy Being Green”


It Ain’t Easy Being Green is a documentary directed, produced, and edited by Crystal Fortwangler, with Bill Stelzer, director of photography. After premiering at Bajo El Sol Gallery in St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands) the film has been making the rounds of international film festivals such as the G2 Green Earth Film Festival, the Colorado International Activism Film Festival, and now, the Woodpecker International Film Festival, taking place on November 9-12 in New Delhi, India.

Description: In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and if it is possible to create environments where it is easier for humans and all species to co-exist. Of mounting concern is the challenge to balance local agricultural production and space for the iguanas.

Crystal Fortwangler is a former professor of sustainability and environmental anthropology, and is now produces films that promote social and environmental justice. She also explores how non-human animals fare in the Anthropocene. Her recently released film, It Ain’t Easy Being Green, documents the struggle to protect crops and iguanas at the same time in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After recent hurricanes hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she has conducted research for two decades and more recently pursuing film, she is focusing now on merging her academic expertise with filmmaking to highlight the intersections of the climate crisis and social justice.

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