“What does environmental activism look like in practical terms? What does it take to protect land rights, ecosystems and livelihoods? What role can researchers play in protecting a river?
Join us for an evening in collaboration with flow : europe and a preview of their River Film Fest / Flussfilmfest Berlin 2020. We will screen and discuss CONFLUIR, a powerful film about a group of international scientists, river experts and activists who came together to research, explore and protect the Marañón River – a river which cuts through the Andes Mountains and helps sustain resident communities as well as the most diverse ecosystem on Earth.
“CONFLUIR looks at the most important river you’ve never heard of. The Marañón River is the principle tributary of the Amazon, the world’s longest river. American whitewater enthusiasts have dubbed it “the Grand Canyon of South America”, but little is scientifically documented about the ecological significance of the river to the Amazon biome. As the energy demands of Peru increase, the currently free flowing Marañón River faces over 20 proposed dam projects, two of which have already been approved. An international team of scientists and river experts spent 28 days rafting the Marañón to document the natural and cultural resources that would be eminently impacted by the proposed dams and to meet the people who live along the river and rely on it. Directed by Henry Worobec.” (hollywoodtheatre.org)
River Film Fest (https://www.riverfilmfest.eu/) celebrates free rivers, clean water, and freshwater life, presenting an international selection of environmental and outdoor films in cities around Europe. Sharing stories and discussing scientific insight, it’s all about changing the conversation about rivers and inspiring action.”