Czech Republic | 56 min |


Wildfire Prevention Films

After the legalization of the burning of the forest in Bolivia, voluntary firemen stand against the worst fires Bolivia ever experienced. Chaqueo is the Bolivian practice of burning down the forest in order to gain cultivable land, in 2019 this practice was made legal recognizing fire as a legal tool for the cultivation of the land. Soon after, the fire in the country got out of control. The movie introduces the problem of the Chaqueo and shows the effort of voluntary firemen groups, that are trying to save the most vulnerable places such as human settlements and natural reservations. The movie starts during the night fire with the narration of one of the firemen describing his experience of the fire and continues with the firemen's effort to stop the fire. It shows which techniques they use to combat the fire and very simple training that complete beginners undergo before they enter the mission. The story culminates in the last big fire and the relief comes with the rain that finally extinguishes the catastrophe. The main emphasis of the film is not to explain the problem in detail, but rather to make the viewer contemplate the reasons this situation is happening and the direction that humanity is taking.

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Film will be available from November 14th


Martin Trabalik, Geraldine Zambrana Velez
Martin Trabalik