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Preserves

A poetic journey into an Ecuadorian rainforest that contains some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth, two uncontacted tribes living in voluntary isolation and 850 million barrels of oil which will ultimately determine its fate.

 

Through the course of a day, the flourishing lushness of one of the most biodiverse and untouched places on Earth – Yasuní National Park in Ecuador’s Amazonian basin – is explored through an intimate camera and rich soundscape.

 

Not far away, the village of Nueva Chone looks like another world. Angry villagers gather in the middle of the

night by the river that supplies them with water. They want to show the devastation even a small pipeline rupture can cause, and tell their story of life lived with contamination.

 

The film ends amidst oil fields, a spidery web of pipelines and a question: What is our future worth? Are we willing to risk everything the Yasuní represents – unbelievable biodiversity, undiscovered species, biomedical opportunities and the cultural heritage of the surviving members of an uncontacted ancient people – for nothing more than 9 days of oil? That’s how long the 850 million barrels of heavy crude that lie beneath its surface will last this oil-drunk world.

 

 

What is our future worth?

 

What does our future cost?

 

 

 

Anuradha Rana