• Running Time: 45min
  • Image Format: High Definition Video
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Sound Format: Stereo
  • Language versions available: English and Spanish
  • Year of production: 2007
  • Produced by: United Nations University

About the film

Project description

Two years after the Saving the Ayuquila River video documentary, UNU launches Voices of the Chichinautzin, the second in a series of environmental documentaries. The idea was born out of an agreement between United Nations University and the Autonomous University of the state of Morelos, a Mexican institution that played an instrumental role in declaring the corridor a natural protected area in 1988.
This project is part of a series of documentary/e-case studies (Fieldtrip) about the environment and sustainable development in Latin America, developed by UNU in collaboration with local scientists and researchers from the Meso-American Network for the Conservation of Biological Resources.
In this film, UNU has succeeded in achieving a higher level of technical quality, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and high definition video to create a richer visual experience.
Initially the storyline of the film followed the events related to the infamous Golf War of 1995, when the inhabitants of Chichinautzin joined forces to prevent the construction of a golf course that threatened the sustainability of the region’s natural resources.
But in June 2007, with the unfortunate violent death of Aldo Zamora, a member of the Tlahuican community, the problem of illegal logging was brought to light.
Although the characters are Mexican and the stories presented in this film occurred in Mexico, the message is of universal relevance, for intelligent use of natural resources is an issue that affects us all: from teachers and students to policy makers and people in general.

Long distance collaboration

The conditions in which this film was produced required much coordination and long distance collaborative effort. The UNU Media Studio functioned as the executive production hub. The pre-production started in January 2006, leading up to the production phase in September and October 2006. Post-production was completed in October 2007, linking UNU Media Studio almost daily with Canada-based director Patricia Sims and Hawaii-based editing supervisor Michael Clark.