Boulder Rights of Nature Film Series: Two Forest Films
November 13, 2019 –
Meadows Library Wednesday November 13 doors open 5:30pm
Films begin at 6PM sharp.
Rescheduled showing of "American Chestnut" and “7 Hectares Back.”
7 Hectares Back (the second-place winner in the 2019 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest) is a short by filmmakers Dorota and Robert Migas-Mazur (who will be skyped in.)
It tells the story of Omar Tello, a former bank accountant who has dedicated his life to restoring a small piece of Ecuador’s lost Amazonian rainforest.
“What we’re doing now to preserve nature isn’t enough,” Tello says. “We should plant the forests we destroyed and give back what we took from the world. The same nature that was stolen.”
The American Chestnut
Tere were once almost 4 billion American chestnuts and they were among the largest, tallest, and fastest-growing trees in the eastern forest. It was almost a perfect tree – that is, until it was virtually wiped out in 40 years by a blight that started just over a century ago.
That blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world's forests in all of history.
This 30 minute documentary film examines the history and disappearance of this once-dominant hardwood species, and the current efforts to develop blight-resistance in the chestnut to restore it to its former home.