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FEATURE PRESENTATION

Where Have Our Trees Gone??? 300 Years Of Tree Cutting In Haiti

Mario L. Delatour | Documentary | 52 mins | 2016 | Haiti | English | PG

This documentary is a powerful tool for raising awareness of the problems of deforestation in Haiti, providing historical and social keys to understanding the impacts of environmental degradation. The images relate to the complexity of the impact of the timber trade during the colonial period, the American occupation and the Duvalier dictatorship.

Short Film Presentation

Teach A Man

Carver Bacchus | Short | 14 mins | 2016 | Trinidad and Tobago | English | PG 

This short documentary film follows a south Trinidad spear fisherman on a trip out to sea. Jason Jones is a husband, father and commercial scuba diver who has seen his livelihood threatened by climate change and frequent oil spills in the Gulf of Paria. Despite also facing several personal challenges Jason is hopeful that something can be done to save his community from neglect and economic depression.

Quiet Revolution

Rhonda Chan Soo and Edward Inglefield | Short | 15 mins | 2016 | Trinidad and Tobago | English | G

Erle “the Crazy Runner” is an adventure racer and barefoot ultra marathoner, and now a major advocate for Permaculture in T&T. Armed only with an old photocopy of a “permanent agriculture/ culture” manual, Erle set out to regenerate the land. Against a land history of fire damage, herbicide and pesticide use, his permaculture farm, Wa Samaki Ecosystems, is a hub for ecological farming and learning; amidst the dominant culture of conventional agriculture.

The film is timely in that it was completed days before the passing of permaculture founder, Bill Mollison, whose wisdom punctuates the film.

Way Of Giants

Alois De Leo | Short | 13 mins | 2015 | Brazil | English | PG

A poetic search for purpose and reason, Way of Giants follows the story of a six-year-old indigenous girl, Oquirá, as she confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. The film explores the forces in nature and our connection with the earth and its elements.

Yochi 

Ilana Lapid | Feature | 26 mins | 2016 | Belize/USA | English | PG

Yochi is a US-Belizean co-production about a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course. It is shot in western Belize, with a cast made up entirely of Belizean non-actors from villages in Cayo district. The film is in four languages: Yucatec Mayan, English Creole, English, and Spanish.