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Blood Lions and Film Director Nick Chevalier at APEC University

September 16, 2016

Santo Domingo – The DREFF presented the documentary Blood Lions to a diverse group of 50 students, teachers and representatives of APEC University on September 15th as part of the sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) that included viewings in 11 cities around the country. The DREFF closed on September 18.

Emil Chireno, Executive Director of the Dominican Association of the United Nations, gave the welcoming remarks, which included introducing the GFDD and Funglode initiative. He also presented the film’s director, Nick Chevallier, who traveled from South Africa to participate in the DREFF.

Blood Lions is a documentary about the questionable business of lion hunting in South Africa. The film follows the acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator, Ian Michler, and American hunter, Rick Swazey, as they uncover the realities of predator breeding and lion hunting on closed reservations in South Africa where lions specifically bred for slaughter is big business. Over 1,000 captive-bred, hand-raised lions were killed in the South Africa last year alone, fueling a multimillion-dollar international industry. Michler investigated the breeding farms where lions are raised only to be sold to the hunting industry and the bone trade in Asia.

Following the screening of the documentary, Mr. Chevallier held an interesting discussion with the audience , including questions and answers about the film. Luz Immaculate Wood, Vice-Rector for International Relations, wrapped up the activity with a short speech.

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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