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Bill Gentile Releases New Short Documentary: "Fire and Ice on the Mountain"

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The original story was published on the Pulitzer Center website.

American University professor Bill Gentile has released "Fire and Ice on the Mountain," a short documentary film exploring the intersection of climate change and religion in Peru. Gentile teams up with Swedish anthropologist Karsten Paerregaard to find out how the melting glacier of the Huaytapallana mountain impacts Peruvians' cosmovision, their spiritual relationship with nature and their understanding of their place in it. People also rely on the glacier as a water source during the melting season, but the glacier has lost half of its total size, causing the government to double down on conservation efforts.

Gentile, in the documentary, describes how the melting glaciers of the mountain is a complex problem and that it impacts not only spiritual leaders, but the Roman Catholic Church as well as government officials. The short documentary was produced on assignment for American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS).

At AU, Gentile teaches video backpack journalism in English and in Spanish in the journalism program. He also fostered the relationship between the School of Communication and the Pulitzer Center, establishing the AU Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium International Reporting Student Fellowship.