The possibility of oil exploitation has threatened the community of Talamanca, Costa Rica for many years. As one of the most biodiverse areas on this planet, its fertile land supports rich agriculture and a booming ecotourism industry. Petroleum companies cannot be allowed to pollute the fragile ecosystem upon which so many people depend. To not only combat the oil companies but also provide an alternative to petroleum, a group of leaders band together to form the Cooperativa de Talamanca Sostenible. Their journey to find a source of sustainable clean energy that benefits not only the environment but also the local community serves as an inspiration for communities around the world.
Find out more at coopetalamancasos.com/
This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon XA10.
Director: Alicia Haberman
Producer: Amy Zhang
Cinematographer: Elle Marsh
Editor: Leandra Ruppersburg
Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
We are more than a film study abroad program. Actuality Media is a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org