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“Apaporis, Secretos of the Jungle”: Colombian Film at DREFF 2016

September 14, 2016

The activity was organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia in the Dominican Republic and support from FUNIBER

Santo Domingo – On Wednesday the 6th edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) screened the Colombian documentary, “Apaporis, Secrets of the Jungle,” in the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) auditorium. The activity was organized in collaboration with the Embassy of of Colombia in the Dominican Republic and support from FUNIBER

Prior to the film screening, Colombia’s ambassador in Dominican Republic, José Antonio Segebre, praised the work of the DREFF, saying that it raised awareness of environmental issues among all members of society.

Ambassador Segebre urged people to become aware of the importance of global environmental  preservation, warning that generations to come will depend on this to lead dignified lives in the future.

He pointed out that recent studies have certified that potato production has dropped by 20% in places where they are grown as a result of climate change.

“Today, more than every, we have a duty to protect our environment by taking actions that can somehow convince people to live our lives in such as way as to avoid further damage to nature.”

Semiramis de Miranda, Director of Digital and Print Media for DREFF, gave the opening remarks at the event. She told the audience that the DREFF will be screening films in 11 cities throughout the country until this Sunday, September 18.

About the documentary
“Apaporis, Secrets of the Jungle” is a travelogue through landscapes of paradise in an Amazon jungle unknown to the vast majority of Colombians. Following in the footsteps of Ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, the documentary traces the journey from Mitu to Apaporis, documenting indigenous knowledge and revealing ancient myths and secrets.

Apaporis shows the unique experiences in this unexplored corner of the Amazon rainforest and questions the disappearance of indigenous languages and ancestral knowledge. Some experiences are reported by Schultes’s student, Wade Davis, explorer for National Geographic and author of bestseling book, “One River.”

About the DREFF
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, as well as examples of best practices to achieve them, while celebrating the unique beauty and natural heritage of the Dominican Republic. With a wide selection of documentaries and numerous panel discussions, workshops, seminars and community activities, the DREFF seeks to promote dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experience with the goal of encouraging Dominicans to take measures that will contribute to the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of the country’s unique natural resources.

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