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The Cloud Forest (Climate Week North East)

Close Up Shared Planet

Sun 21 March | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Film Synopsis: The Cloud Forest

Director: Monica Alvarez Franco | Countries of production: Mexico | Year: 2017 | Length: 94 min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Can small people, in small places, doing small things, change the world?

One of Mexico’s most remarkable ecosystems, the cloud forest, is under threat as coffee plantations, cattle grazing and an increase in human population all take their toll. In response, the people of a small town in Veracruz take it upon themselves to “be the change” and protect this unique habitat. Building their own homes, schools and farms, they set out to restructure their entire culture, from the food they grow to their children’s education, radically redefining their relationship with nature – and each other – along the way.

With birdsong, the sound of water flowing and the wind as its only musical soundtrack, this gentle, contemplative documentary offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of community resilience.

CONTENT NOTES: Contains depictions of animal slaughter

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Beyond the Screen

Join us at 8.30pm for a LIVE Q&A with the film’s producer and representatives of local community groups leading the way in “being the change” in Scotland.

While the film will be available to watch for the whole weekend, we recommend you join us for the full “live” viewing experience:

  1. Register for this event
  2. Start watching the film at 7pm on Sun 21 March
  3. Join us for the live Q&A straight after at 8.30pm (via Zoom)

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