Running Time: 45 minutes
"This compelling film clearly shows the challenge of reconciling biodiversity conservation with economic realities in Brazil, and profiles the pioneering conservationists that are trying to make it happen." - Richard E. Rice, Ph.D., Director of Economic Policy Conservation International
In the name of progress, over 90% of the lush rainforests
in Bahia along the Atlantic Coast of Brazil have been destroyed.
This destruction now threatens the economic well-being of the region
as well as the habitat of the endangered golden-headed lion, tamarin,
a flagship species signalling the loss of biodiversity in the region.
Weaving rich images of Bahia and the seldom-filmed
tamarin, In a Time of Headlong Progress is a lively, comprehensive
look at the complex economic and social factors behind deforestation,
and the hopeful, innovative work of pioneering Brazilian conservationist
Cristina Alves. Alves is working to develop an indigenous conservation
ethic where none existed before, in hopes that Bahians will see
that their long-term survival is tied to the fate of the tamarin.
She is attempting to create a model that balances economic needs
with the conservation of rainforests.
This beautifully shot production
is an excellent tool for teaching the causes of rainforest
and habitat destruction, the challenges of conservation in
developing nations, wildlife management, and solutions to deforestation
and species extinction.