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Public Screening Set for Survivors in the Sand Documentary

LAS CRUCES -- The first public screening of "Survivors in the Sand," an environmental documentary from New Mexico State University, will take place March 25 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Reservations are required. "Survivors in the Sand" tracks scientists' quest to unlock the secrets of the world's deserts. Filmed in Australia, the Middle East and the American Southwest, the hour-long documentary tells the stories of desert dwellers struggling to earn a living in fragile, arid environments.

A panel discussion about issues raised in the documentary will follow the screening. Panel members include Ken Foster, host and president of the International Arid Lands Consortium; Kris Havstad, NMSU adjunct professor and supervisory scientist for southern New Mexico's Jornada Experimental Range; David Hafner, science division chair and vertebrate zoology curator with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History; and James Fisher, head of NMSU's agronomy and horticulture department. "Survivors in the Sand" was produced by NMSU's agricultural communications department with partial funding from the International Arid Lands Consortium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific understanding of arid land issues around the globe.

The documentary recently received two prestigious international awards for excellence in documentary production from the New York Festivals and the Columbus International Film and Television Festival. "Survivors" has aired on public television stations throughout the United States and on the Discovery Channel in Israel and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network.

To reserve a seat at the screening, call toll-free (888) 750-4156 by March 18. Seating is limited.

Reserved tickets can be picked up at the museum at 1801 Mountain Road starting at 7 p.m. the night of the premiere. Refreshments will be served from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before the screening and panel discussion.