United States Premiere In the heart of the Amazon basin lies the most biologically diverse forest on the planet, Yasuní. Yasuní National Park is home to the Waorani and some of the last indigenous peoples still living in isolation in the Amazon, whose ancestral lands sit atop Ecuador’s largest undeveloped oil reserves, the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil block. When President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, announced in 2007 that he would not exploit the country’s Amazonian oil fields for financial compensation from industrialized countries, his was a bold move. The challenge for President Correa was to convince everyone safeguarding nature is worth more than the risks posed by petroleum extraction. The film tells the three-year story of Correa’s team as they try to show the international community, both north and south, it would gain by supporting this post-petroleum era sustainable development model. Directed by Laetitia Moreau. Produced by What’s Up Films for Canal+.
Introduced by Roger Morier, Advisor, Communications & Outreach, Sustainable Development, The World Bank. Video-conference discussion with Roque Sevilla, Ex-President of the Yasuni-ITT Commission featured in the film, follows screening.