TREES TROPIQUES

An Experimental Documentary

by Alexander L. Fattal

SYNOPSIS

An observational immersion in life along the waterways where the sweet water of the Amazon basin mixes with the brackish Atlantic Ocean is interrupted by questions about the ethics of including images of deforestation, which could land the protagonist in trouble with the environmental police. The editing waxes experimental bringing the family into the editorial fold and prompting the viewer to revisit prior editorial decisions.

 

The film ruminates on the global ethics of deforestation as we learn of its symbiotic relationship with harvesting açai berries from the tops of skinny palm trees, Brazil’s latest boom crop that has made it into popular energy drinks and onto Oprah’s diet.

 

The ecological connections between waterways, flora, fauna, and humanity subtly intertwine confronting viewers with all we are losing in the continual deforestation of the Amazon, and the multiple levels of complicity in that loss.

SPECS

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

PORTUGUESE

SUBTITLES

ENGLISH

LENGTH

30'

DISTRIBUTION

BERKELEY MEDIA

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

BRAZIL

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2009

SCREENINGS

COLOMBIA

Bogota

Feb 18, 2013

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

GREECE

Athens

Dec 04, 2009

International Students Ethnographic Film Tribute

FRANCE

Paris

Nov 18, 2009

Festival International du Film d'Environnement

Cannes

May 17, 2009

Cannes International Film Festival, Short Film Corner

RUSSIA

Moscow

Sep 30, 2009

Ethno Cinema Days

ITALY

Rome

May 12, 2009

Sapienza University, Dipartimento de Antropologia

SWEDEN

Stockholm

Apr 07, 2009

University of Stockholm

UNITED STATES

Cambridge, MA
Feb 05, 2009

Harvard University, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts

 afattal@ucsd.edu

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