THE CHANCES OF THE WORLD CHANGING
Metzgar's debut feature documentary documents the struggles of Richard Ogust, a New Yorker attempting to save hundreds and hundreds of endangered turtles and tortoises from the illegal food markets in southeast Asia.
The film was broadcast on POV, PBS's prestigious documentary showcase, and nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award. Visit the film's POV page.
For teachers: PBS's lesson plan.
“One of those special films that combines masterful filmmaking with incredibly engaging subject matter…an enchanting score… exquisitely photographed."
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE
"This is cinema verité on every scale, an epic nestled in the eternal moment... With poetic, luminous images, The Chances of the World Changing is not just about turtles...it's a meditation on time [and] mortality.…"
“Finally, we come to my personal favorite, The Chances of the World Changing ... required reading.”
Scott Brown, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“A triumphant film... The Chances of the World Changing stands as an object lesson in the kind of inspired things that are possible within slender means.”
“Brilliantly and thoughtfully realized...exceptionally beautiful storytelling”
PLANET IN FOCUS
“You can't make up a story like this...just as you can't help but be fascinated and moved by it...”
“Even if you care not a whit for turtles, or the extinction of certain species thereof, you’d have to possess a cold, reptilian heart indeed not to be moved…”