Sustainability Series: DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST

Watch Trailer Director: Samantha Grant
Cast: Bianca Caroline Soares, Celsa Acosta, Martin Burt, Claudia Crinagi, Numilla Gomez Portillo, Nilda Alderete

Athena Cinema, Environmental Studies, and the Alden Library present the sixth year of the Sustainability Film Series, working in partnership with many sponsors. Our vision and goal are those of years past: to offer attendees the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the current issues related to global environmental and sustainable challenges and solutions. We aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other. Following each screening, we invite audience members to join us for a panel discussion hosted by faculty members, students, and community members. Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films. All admissions free.

The UNESCO Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay is one of the last well-preserved remnants of the Alto Paraná Atlantic forests in Paraguay. Daughters of the Forest, set in the Mbaracayu forest, follows a group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who attend a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves. This intimate verité documentary offers a rare glimpse where adolescent girls are provided the opportunity to develop into brave young women. Filmed over the course of five years, we follow the girls from their humble homes in indigenous villages through the year after their graduation to see exactly how their revolutionary education has and will continue to impact their future lives.

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Running Time: 56 minutes56 MIN
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Daughters of the Forest is a powerful educational tool for those exploring alternative routes to education, girls' empowerment, and sustainable development.

Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi
Florida State University