15－0179 If Not Us Then Who (Series)
Produced by Handcrafted Films
Category as a finalist: Limited Series - Short Form
We are exploring one key element of the climate crisis by asking a very basic question – who is protecting our forests? Forests cover almost a third of the Earth's land surface and play a major role in stemming the effects of our rapidly changing climate by absorbing an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Within these forests live traditional and indigenous people who have a deep spiritual connection and understanding of their ancestral homes. This connection is being threatened by a resource hungry modern world. As a result, the people who call the forest their home, are now engaged in a constant and frequently violent struggle. "If Not Us Then Who" communicates firsthand the unique personal stories of an inconspicuous yet vital people, as they battle to protect their lives, their cultures and our forests.