The Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends, a local nonprofit, on Thursday night will host a free public screening of a French documentary film, which aficionados have described as a visually stunning aerial journey.
The volunteer-based group will show "Home," a documentary by the filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, which takes the viewer on a journey from Earth's earliest history to the present day, and interweaves mankind's relationship with the environment and other life forms.
"['Home'] is just brilliantly shot," NBNF member Dennis Baker said. "A lot of the shots look like paintings they're so stunning, but they're real."
The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Upper Newport Bay's Mary and Peter Muth Interpretive Center. The center's theater was recently updated with a top-notch projector and Blu-ray player from funds set aside by a past donation specified for that purpose, Baker said.
The movie is shown for free to the public through the Newport Beach Film Festival, a non-profit organization that helps arrange screenings for local groups, said Baker, who is a member in that organization as well.