Special Screening: Films about Forest

Selection of the International Forest Film Festival, New York 2011

To celebrate Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS), in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, organized the International Forest Film Festival (IFFF), at United Nations Headquarters, New York in February, 2011, that showed more than 160 films from different countries. This is a selection of the best films, made possible by UNIC-RJ (United Nation Information Center-Rio de Janeiro).

Amazon Alive

2010, Christian Baumeister, 44 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_AmazonAlive_web.pngThe story of the enormity and complexity of the Amazon rainforest. Using key animals such as jaguar, leaf-cutting ant, giant otter and the fresh-water stingray, the film show how we have turned past fears of the hostile and impenetrable jungle into an understanding of its unrivaled biodiversity. The forest is not just the result of millions of years of evolution. Its richness stems from struggle, upheaval and a remarkable event:the  geologic uplift of the Andes,which changed the course of the Amazon river.

Special Jury Award: Awarded to recognize an outstanding integration of the historical, biological and cultural elements of the Amazon Basin rainforest


Conflict Tiger

UK/France/USA 2005, Sasha Snow, 64 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_ConflictTiger_web.pngAn environmental thriller that explores the increase of confrontational situation between tigers and people in the forests of the Russian Far East. The film follows the work of Yuri Trush, an expert tiger tracker called in to deal with a notorious series of tiger attacks. From the aftermath of this epic confrontation, the film emerges as a parable which challenges the cozy illusions of the traditional "big cat" natural history by setting the animal's precarious situation against the pressing needs of human survival.

Winner of "This is My Forest" category


Climbing Redwood Giants

USA 2009, John Rubin, 52 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_Redwood_web.jpgThey are living giants, one of Earth's largest and oldest trees. Some tower more than 350 feet high, taller than the Statue of Liberty; some may have been seedlings when Jesus was born. Yet, these natural legends still shroud centuries-old secrets. In a major National Geographic cross-platform event, which includes the October, 2009 cover story for the magazine, we reveal the little-explored environment of the redwoods using high-tech aerial laser surveys and breathtaking imagery.

Winner of "Forest Hero" Category


Hope in a Changing Climate

UK 2010, Jeremy Bristol, 30 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_Hope_web.jpgThis documentary demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems and to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, fundamentally improving the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations and to sequester carbon naturally.

Winner of "Issues & Solutions" Category


The Ancient Forests

USA 2010, Julien Temple, 3 min.

Can you imagine what would happened if your house was destroyed? This is exactly what´s happening to the forests around the world. Every other minute a forest the size of a football field is devastated and gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and many other species’ survival are put at risk.

Special Jury Award: Awarded for unique and effective communication through short-form PSAs


Man of the Soil

France 2010, Pierre Deschamps, 7 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_ManSoil_web.jpgJuxtaposed to the hustle and bustle of city life on the diminutive Caribbean island of Dominica, Jerry Maka West works his garden in the island's lush interior, his Zion, growing and preparing his food just as his grandparents once taught him. Jerry is Nom Tew, Man of the Soil.

Winner of Shorts Category



2009, Patrick Rouxel, 48 min.

tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images FilmAmbiente/Images_Films/Film_Green_web.jpgGreen is about deforestation in Indonesia and the present extinction of the orangutans. Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her...she is a female orangutan, victim of deflorestation and resource exploitation.

Winner of "360º All Things Forest"


Switch Today

USA 2010, Arjun Rihan, 1 min.

In less than a minute the director of this short film makes us laugh and think about the amount of toilet paper we waste, destroying ancient forests.

Special Juri Award


Support:   UNIC Rio de Janeiro