Forests on Film: New Stories From Nepal and the Congo Basin

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join us for the world premiere of Scaling the Mountain: Protecting Forests for Families in Nepal, the latest documentary from the Environmental Change and Security Program, which will be screened with Heart of Iron: Mining in the Congo Basin Rain Forest, as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. After the screening, John Martin of Conservation International will lead a discussion with filmmakers Sean Peoples and Leo Bottrill.

About the films:

Scaling the Mountain: Protecting Forests for Families in Nepal
In the foothills of Nepal, extreme deforestation has pushed many rural communities onto marginal lands. In Scaling the Mountain, the second film in the Wilson Center’s “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” series, villagers in Chepang and Toplang districts grappling with environmental degradation and population pressures find that combining conservation with reproductive health services has helped them to support their families and their communities more sustainably.

Heart of Iron: Mining in the Congo Basin Rain Forest
In the Congo Basin, the global thirst for steel has driven iron miners into a remote forest landscape called Tridom. Heart of Iron explores the complexity of mining this rugged region that is home to Baka, Bakola, and Bantu tribes as well as a haven for gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants. From ministers to miners, conservationists to community members, the film asks: How do we ensure that mining benefits the poor and conserves Tridom’s rich cultural and natural heritage?

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