United States Premiere In the heart of the Amazon basin lies Yasuni, the most biologically diverse forest on the planet. 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. In June 2007, Ecuador’s government made an unprecedented proposal: to protect one of the world’s most bio-diverse ecosystems by leaving the country’s underground oil unexploited. Why did a nation like Ecuador, whose budget depends more than 60 percent on oil exports, decide to take such a step, which became internationally known as the “Yasuni-ITT Initiative”? Some view this initiative as a unique opportunity to finally take decisive steps away from oil-dependency. The film presents the complexity of the issues surrounding Ecuador’s controversial Yasuni-ITT Initiative. Different points of view shed light, not only on what the government’s proposal is trying to achieve, but also on the very nature of oil exploitation. Directed by Leonardo Wild; Produced by Yeti Films, WildWorks Producciones, Fairies Music Moviemaker, Justin Gonzalez and Bob Banner.
Introduced by Diego Bassante, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Ecuador. Discussion with filmmaker Leonardo Wild and leading Yasuni-ITT project experts follows screening.