Film Screening –Shark Loves the Amazon (Environmental Film Festival)
Q&A with Mark London (writer, producer), Cidney Hue co-director, co-editor) and Adrian Vasquez de Velasco (co-director, co-editor).
"After 30 years of experience in the Amazon, author and lawyer Mark London shares a unique perspective on an issue with global consequences: Can twenty-one million people and the rainforest share the same space? With levels of deforestation approaching the point of no return at an alarming rate, London poses a provocative alternative to the age-old mantra, “leave the forest untouched.”
The daily struggles and hopes of more than twenty million Brazilians who live in the Amazon, mostly in cities, are rarely present in analyses and images that inform perceptions of the region outside Brazil. The Amazon is generally portrayed as a land of mystery populated by indigenous people surrounded by exotic fauna and flora in an environment threatened by encroaching mining, farming and other economic activities. Mark London offers a different, decidedly less romantic and more realistic perspective in Shark Loves the Amazon – a documentary he produced after three decades of extensive travels and two books he wrote about the region with journalist Brian Kelly. The film depicts the hard realities of a region attempting to find the path to a sustainable model of development that promotes economic activity while preserving Earth’s last great forest and its unparalleled concentration of biodiversity."
Date/Time: Monday, March 18, 7:00pm
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service, American University
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