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An ethnographic documentary that showcases the everyday complexity of conservation in practice in Costa Rica's biodiversity hot spot - the Osa Peninsula - Lifting the Green Screen (Tras el Velo Verde) opens a window into the lives of activists, farmers, and entrepreneurs.

Concurrent with the growing sense of alarm regarding environmental degradation, climate change, and species loss, Costa Rica has been increasing its status as a leader in ecotourism, a “greening” nation of remarkable biodiversity, and a country that centralizes its environmental politics in influential ways. Our documentary, Lifting the Green Screen, follows Costa Rican environmentalists, burgeoning campesino-led ecotourism initiatives, and socio-environmental conflicts in the rural and biodiversity-rich Osa Peninsula. Rather than focusing only on the famed gold miners or extolling the unique biodiversity of the region and its “protectors,” this film more broadly covers the debates over environmentalism in practice and local responses to land controls. It explores practices at the interaction of protecting subsistence, biodiversity conservation, and ventures afforded by the growing tourism dominated economy.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Claudia Giannetto
  • Screenwriter
    Clate Korsant, Claudia Giannetto, Matteo Saltalippi
  • Producer
    Matteo Saltalippi, Clate Korsant
  • Executive Producer
    Clate Korsant
  • Co-Producer
    Matteo Saltalippi
  • Cinematographer
    Andrea Giannone, Domenico Cantano
  • Editor
    Andrea Giannone
  • Sound Design
    Nicola Frattegiani