Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Exposing and Unpacking Industrialization on the Usumacinta River

Project Description

Through a short documentary film, Leah Treidler will be exploring the issue of climate change in a small area of the Peruvian Amazon through the lenses of environmental science, art, and history. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is known as one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with almost a thousand species of plants and about five hundred species of birds. Though it's a "protected area", regulations have been alarmingly relaxed, allowing corporations to dig for oil with little to no oversight for decades. Today, the people of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, protesting for the eviction of companies that are destroying their home. Through candid imagery and interviews with scientists and community members, this documentary will highlight people’s stories and emotions with a scientific and historical backdrop. The documentary will not sum-up or simplify the immensely complicated issue, but illuminate the consequences of climate change and provoke a critical conversation.