Our Rainforest, Our Heritage

A collaboration between Interlock Media and the Smithsonian Institute, Our
Rain Forests, Our Heritage is the largest environmental education effort ever undertaken in Latin America. Created by a consortium of Latin American museum curators, educators and environmental leaders, it is a multi-panel interactive display highlighting Latin Americans' relationship to rain forests and the forests' immense value to mankind.

Our Rain Forests tells the story of Maria, a young woman who has recently moved from the city to a village in the rain forest. Though dubious at first, she comes to know the forest and better understand its profound economic and environmental importance not only to those who live in it, but to city dwellers as well. Throughout the video, as Maria learns to appreciate the forest, the viewer also sees and hears scientists, environmentalists, and indigenous leaders urgently describing the current threats to tropical rain forests and eloquently explaining the critical importance of conserving them.

Produced in Spanish, Portuguese and English versions. The film was part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Latin American Rain Forest Consortium and the Office of International Relations of the Smithsonian Institution that visited over 50 locations in Latin America and was viewed by an estimated 20 million people. It opened in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.



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