eyes of the world films

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Sharing the wonder of our planet by showcasing how people around the world are working to care for it.

 

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In the small village of Andasibe in eastern Madagascar, a nation where less than ten percent of native forests remain, a dedicated group of individuals are working together to halt the destruction of the natural environment through a combination of education, conservation, and community spirit.

Filmed in Malawi, this short documentary spotlights two British women who relocated to the country and set up myriad community outreach programs including a nursery and primary school for local children, nutritional assistance programs for people infected with HIV, and a center for people with disabilities, among many others.

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andaSibe

NDZOU CAMP

Filmed in Mozambique, a nation ravaged by deforestation and constant warfare, Ndzou Camp tells the story of a small community determined to protect their elephant population and conserve their natural resources while pursuing tourism as a means of a more sustainable future. 

Ruboni Community Camp is a cooperatively owned lodge in Uganda, which is used as a base camp for hiking the Rwenzori Mountains, famously called the Mountains of the Moon.  Proceeds from the camp go directly to the community, helping to pay school fees for local children, buying back land for reforestation adjacent to Rwenzori National Park, and providing classes to the community on sustainable agriculture.

Ruboni community camp

tropical andean forests

The forests of the tropical Andes probably hold more species than any other bio-region on earth and are considered the "global epicenter of biodiversity."  Steep, varied, and rugged terrain create myriad micro-climates high in endemism.  Steep slopes and inaccessibility have also hampered human encroachment in comparison to other areas of our planet, but human population pressure is increasing along with the duel threat of climate change.  In the winter of 2015, we visited conservation areas around Ecuador and are currently working with scientists and conservationists to document several innovative projects. 










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Sumatra and Kalimantan contain around half the world’s peat swamp forests.  These forests contain some of the largest reserves of near-surface carbon, much more than other forests, and will play a vital role in the earth’s future capabilities to sequester carbon.  Locally they regulate water flow and moderate flooding.  They are threatened by oil palm production, logging, and fire.  Little studied until recently, they contain the largest populations of orangutan and agile gibbons as well as some of the world’s last remaining tigers, Indian elephants, and Sumatran rhinos.  These animals play important roles in the forest’s proliferation.  Eyes of the World Films will be traveling to Indonesia to learn why these forests are so important and what is being done to protect them.

peat forests in sundaland

CHOCOLATE IN THE JUNGLE is the 2016 runner-up winner of the YALE e360 video contest.

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A small group of Ecuadorians, united under the name of Itapoa, are buying up remaining land in the Choco Rainforest of Ecuador.  Only 5% of its original size, very little of which is protected, the Choco once covered the northern lowlands from the base of the Andes to the Pacific.  Logged and cut for banana production, the area is now being transformed into a sea African Oil Palm Plantations.  Remnants of this little-known forest persist in the few roadless areas at the base of the Andes, which continue to be difficult to access.


Community members who are onboard to save their forest have developed sustainable ways of earning a living including growing cacao on their land and selling the beans to French chocolate manufacturers paying four times the amount for organically grown products.  In order to be included in the local cooperative and reap these financial benefits, co-op members must leave at least seventy-percent of their natural vegetation intact or grow that equivalent back as secondary forestland.