The Chances of the World Changing

Eric Metzgar
2005, 100 min

Women's Building Sun, May 21, 9p Buy

Ten years ago, New York writer Richard Ogust abandoned his life’s work and began to acquire endangered turtles, literally rescuing (by confiscation) hundreds of turtles bound for the food markets. By the time filming began, the fifty-year old writer was sharing his Manhattan penthouse with 1200 creatures. His collection comprised a substantial percentage of the world’s endangered turtle species, but the weight of Richard’s ark began to crush him. The Chances of the World Changing documents two years in the life of Richard Ogust, a writer whose life curved into strange territory, where he found himself struggling to save hundreds of lives, including his own.

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