#Film&Friends Presents: Yasuni Man & The Common Trees of Yasuni

March 22, 2017

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2439 18th St NW


We are excited to host local filmmaker and friend, Ryan Killackey, for the next installment of #FilmandFriends, where he will screen his completed feature doc about the Waorani people’s fight to save their homeland in the Amazon, YASUNI MAN:

Winner of “Best Feature Film” – New York WILD Film Festival

Winner of “Silver Audience Award – Mill Valley Film Festival

Winner of “Emerging Talent” – Wildscreen Film Festival

Ryan will be joined by author Gorky Villa Munoz; photographer Martin Bustamante; and the Executive Director of Finding Species, Bejat McCracken, for a book signing of “The Common Trees of Yasuni” before the screening.

**Schedule of events**
Doors open at 7pm
Book signing from 7:30-8pm
Film Screening from 8-9:30pm
Q&A from 9:30-10pm

More about the film — YASUNI MAN:

Yasuni Man (93min) is a documentary feature film about a conflict raging deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s a real-life Avatar story. Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani people battle industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive. Join filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most bio-diverse forest on Earth. Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni.

More about the book — The Common Trees of Yasuni

Finding Species was founded on the photographic body of work documenting the countless species in Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Yasuní is known to be the most biodiverse place on Earth. More trees grow in a single hectare (2.47 acres) of upland rainforest in Yasuní —655 species—than in the continental US and Canada combined. In 25 hectares, the number of tree species rises to 1,100. The Common Trees of Yasuní classifies trees simply by leaf structure providing an easy to use field guide in a complex environment. It was released in 2016 in both a Spanish and English version hard bound book.



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