If you’re in or around DC this weekend, you might check out these films about Bhutan at the DC Environmental Film Festival 2012
If you’re not in the area, sorry: There only appear to be short teasers online.
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012 Begins at 3:00 PM
Location: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium
10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington DC
(Metro: Smithsonian, The Mall exit or Federal Triangle, 12th St. exit)
The program is FREE and open to the public.
THE YAK HERDER’S SON (Bhutan, 2012, 25 min.)
United States Premiere A documentary about a Park Ranger and a yak herder’s son who meet in the mountains. Through stunning imagery from the mountains of Bhutan, the story highlights the challenging life of the yak herders of northern Bhutan, and how their perception could define the fate of snow leopards in Bhutan. Directed by Tenzin Phuntsho. Produced by the Bhutan Foundation.Teaser: http://vimeo.com/37765854
86 CENTIMETRES (Bhutan / Netherlands, 2011, 38 min.)
United States Premiere Bhutan is one of the hot spots of environmental preservation on earth as 70 percent of its surface is covered with forest and it hardly contributes at all to CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, it is facing the undisputable effects of global warming as melting ice continues to weaken the walls of theHimalayan glacier lakes. If the lakes should burst, the lives of thousands of people and animals will be endangered and the fertile arable land in this hidden kingdom destroyed. The only way to prevent such a disaster is to dig a drainage system and lower the water level of Lake Thorthomi by six meters over a period of three years. The film follows an army of 350 farmers, students and workers, who climbed the Himalayan Mountains for the first three-month expedition, which resulted in a reduction in the water level of 86 centimeters. Directed by Peterjan van der Burgh Tshering Gyeltshen. Produced by Henk de Jong.
BHUTAN: LAND OF THE BLACK NECKED CRANE (USA, 2011, 15 min.)
Embark on an exotic journey to the small Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan high in the Himalayan Mountains. See how a benevolent king promotes Gross Domestic Happiness for his citizens while fostering respect for the environment and natural resources. Travel with George Archibald, Co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, to see the rare and endangered black necked cranes. Directed by Greg Pope and Rhett Turner.