FISHPONDS OF THE AMAZON, DIVING INTO CHANGE

Fishponds of the Amazon is a short documentary about a sustainable project in a remote village of the Peruvian rainforest. An inspiring story of collaborative work where economic progress meets conservation efforts, in the hope of effecting widespread impact by starting small.

Fishponds of the Amazon is currently being presented at festivals so the full film is for now only available as private screening. If you received a password to watch it, please type it below.


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ROLE: Offline editor, Director 

FORMAT: Short documentary, 1 x 16′, HD

COMMISSIONERS: Manos Unidas and Tacif, N.G.Os

SYNOPSIS: We all read the headlines: the Amazon is burning, threatened by mass exploitation; public opinion is split between conservationists and liberalists. But what if it were possible to conciliate both? In 2018 filmmaker Cristina Balduin gained access to a remote village in the Peruvian rainforest, where the N.G.O. Tacif had started a  sustainable entrepreneurship project: they promoted aquaculture as a way to support low-income families and protect river wildlife. Combining live-action footage and a colourful animation, this short documentary follows 24 fishermen while they learn to run a sustainable fish-farm. And listening to its frenzied Latin-American soundtrack, we get a glimpse into the local way of living. We discover the fishermen’ s positive approach to change and learn how gender equality and motivation are deeply connected. Narrated by renowned journalist Georgina Godwin, this documentary sheds a light on a proposal that aims at preserving the environment whilst fostering economic development, hoping for a new ‘butterfly effect’. Because a little community in the Amazon could perhaps make an impact on the future of the planet.

HIGHLIGHTS: Shooting in the jungle, under a 45 degrees sun, then come back home and find the real story in the editing room.