Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

Shorts: Pulitzer Center Presents

Expired March 29, 2021 3:45 AM
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A selection of shorts presented by the Pulitzer Center. Includes a live filmmaker Q&A on March 20.

The Wamba forest is part of the Congo Basin, a richly biodiverse area containing 600 types of trees. But logging and deforestation are rampant; under the government of Joseph Kabila, more than one hundred square kilometers were given to timber companies. The new President, Felix Tshisekedi, has not decided if controversial concessions on hold will be awarded to oil companies. 50 kilometers from Lokolama, the Bakri Bois Corporation has a controversial operation, that (according to Greenpeace) has shipped illegal wood to Europe. PBS NewsHour follows large barges with giant logs as they descend the legendary Congo River, from the colonial port of Mbandaka to the port of Matadi at the gateway to the Atlantic, showing how a corrupt system has created loopholes for endangered trees to be exported without permission.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    6 minutes
  • Country
    Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  • Director
    Monica Villamizar, Phil Caller