"Animals and birds are like people, too,
though they do not talk the same or do the same things.
Without them the earth would be an unhappy place.”

Island of the Blue Dolphins

A gift for abuelo

Life, Death and Buried Treasure in Oaxaca, Mexico

A Gift for Abuelo is a film about family, culture and conservation. This poignant and beautiful tale follows a young boy, as he transforms from potential predator to fierce protector of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles that nest on the beach near his home.

A Gift for Abuelo celebrates differences, draws attention to the things all children have in common, teaches understanding, respect and tolerance and promotes environmental accountability. This story is special, not only because it teaches the value of coexistence and protecting the natural world, but it also immerses viewers in the traditions and lifestyle of another culture — creating a unique form of rich, engaging education that can be shared with children and adults around the world.

As we discover the interdependent, parallel existence of people, places and animals around the world, we begin to recognize the strong and enduring elements that connect us all.