TASMANIA, SAVING THE LAST GIANTS

Synopsis

In 2013, with support from the Australian government, the major forestry companies in Tasmania submitted an unusual request to UNESCO: to declassify thousands of hectares of old-growth forest.

The appetite of these unscrupulous industrialists scandalized the entire world, triggering an unprecedented mobilization to save the immense Tasmanian rain forest.

Standing on a rocky spur on the Southern Ocean, the Tasmanian forest is home to some of the world’s oldest species of plants and animals.

A legacy of an exceptional geological history, this large Australian island is an extraordinary conservatory of Atlantic biodiversity: for scientists, the value of its large pines and giant eucalyptus trees is incalculable.

Activists, descendents of the Aborigines and the first lumberjacks have come together to save one of the world’s unique natural heritages.

Why we selected this film

A fascinating trip inside a barely-known forest, on a discovery of the biggest trees in the world.

How can we chop down huge trees, which took hundreds, even thousands of years to grow, to make paper or hardwood floors, in just a few minutes?

This film forces us to question our relationship to this millennial and wild nature and takes us along with the people who have made the commitment to preserve it