Cry of the Forests is the latest documentary from award-winning West Australian filmmaker Jane Hammond and it’s coming to Bridgetown on Saturday 28 November at the Lesser Hall at 12pm.
The film takes its audience into the heart of our southwest forests and the struggle of activists risking their lives on the frontline of the battle to protect them.
Much of the vision was shot in the Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton, Manjimup, Bridgetown and Walpole areas.
The forests lie in one of the world’s most bio-diverse regions and have a vital role to play in capturing and storing carbon in the face of a rapidly warming climate.
But they also play a vital role in the water cycle, a cycle that’s being disrupted as streams dry up and habitats shrink.
Despite that they’re being cut down at the rate of 10 football fields a day for charcoal, woodchips and firewood. That’s putting the very existence of threatened species like numbats, quokkas and black cockatoos at risk.
“Cry of the Forests includes footage of the rarely seen destruction happening in our forests on a daily basis,” Ms Hammond said.
“The film is a riveting cinematic journey through our stunning forests and their unique wildlife. It is here that the audience is introduced to people risking everything in an effort to protect the forests they love.
“The film showcases the cultural, recreational and eco-tourism values of the southwest forests and their importance to small businesses including bee keeping.
“But underpinning the entire story is the climate crisis and the message that our forests have a special role to play in mitigating and slowing run-away climate change.
The film raises the question: is this the best use for our southwest forests?
Independent filmmaker Jane Hammond’s previous films include A Crude Injustice, an award-winning documentary about the 2009 Montara oil spill off the WA coast and its devastating impact on West Timorese coastal communities.
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