Talk and Screening: The Poignant Amazonian Rainforest Documentary ‘Yasuni Man’
Why We Recommend it
Wildlife biologist, photographer and filmmaker Ryan Killackey will introduce his award-winning film, Yasuni Man, which tells the story of the conflict raging between the native Waorani people and industry operatives in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Yasuni Man introduces the Waorani people, who are battling oil industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive.
The film’s director, producer and cinematographer Ryan Killackey leads the viewer on an incredible expedition through Yasuni – a 1,500 kilometer journey along 7 rivers, together with his native friend Otobo. The duo explores the far-reaching impact our dependence on fossil fuels can have on wildlife and indigenous people.
The film follows Mr Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth – the Amazon – to meet the Waorani people and raise awareness for their plight. The film highlights the threat of rainforest destruction and human rights violations in the battle over the oil that lies beneath the Waorani’s territory.
Yasuni Man has received critical acclaim around the world; the film has been translated into 3 languages, including Taiwanese and Spanish, and shown in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. The research conducted in the film has resulted in 8 scientific publications and a partnership with the United Nations Cine-ONU program.
This is wildlife biologist-turned-photographer and filmmaker Killackey’s first feature film. In this event organised by the Royal Geographic Society and Jacada Travel, he will meet the audience to further discuss the film.