The writer David Felipe Arranz talks about Cinema and sustainability in Valladolid

The Valladolid professor and writer David Felipe Arranz, a regular contributor to Castilla y León Televisión, will give the conference this Thursday Sustainability in cinema, at the Chamber of Commerce of Valladolid at 7:00 p.m. The event is called by the Asociación Visión Responsable.

Already mythical ribbons like Death in the swamps (1958), by Nicholas Ray and Budd Schulberg, or The Adventures of Jeremiah Johnson (1972), de Sidney Pollack, they opened to the seventh art and to the public around the world the then little-known world of the sustainability of the planet and ecological awareness: great performers such as Christopher Plummer and Robert Redford gave life, respectively, to the first rangers and adventurers of the big screen, leaving behind a clear message: man should respect his natural environment and his aggressive forays into environments natural causes could cause irreparable damage. Shortly after, Akira Kurosawa premiered the Russian production The hunter (1975), an excellent feature film with many points in common with Miguel Delibes’ ecological narrative.

After these first premieres that bet on the coexistence of the Anthropocene with nature, several films picked up this witness and were marking the last third of the 20th century with masterpieces. It is the case of The emerald jungle (1985), de John Boorman; Bear (1988), by Jean-Jacques Annaud, o The last days of Eden (1992), by John McTiernan, review of The queen of Africa, starring Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco, in which two scientists studying a cure for cancer in the heart of an Amazon threatened by deforestation fight to stop the human invasion in the middle of virgin forest. For his part, Boorman directed an epic adventure in the middle of the Amazon jungle in which he bet on coexistence with indigenous people, showing us in The emerald jungle an American boy kidnapped by the Indians and adjusting to his new family, thus opening a dialogue with his real parent and the host tribe. The bear is another masterpiece, based on the novel by James Oliver Curwood and which reflects the story of an orphan cub protected by a large kodiak bear and who is tried to hunt down by a trapper.

The 21st century has also produced excellent exhibitions of cinema with a sustainable conscience such as Towards wild routes (2007), by Sean Penn, based on the book by journalist Jon Krakauer and inspired by real events; The reborn (2015), by Alejandro González Iñárritu, another true story of survival fictionalized by Michael Punke and starring fur hunters in 1823, and the Colombian The embrace of the serpent (2015), by Ciro Guerra, about the encounter between an Amazonian shaman and an ethnobotanist, representatives of two civilizations called to understand each other.

David Felipe Arranz
David Felipe Arranz

Responsible Vision

Responsible Vision is an association that promotes the knowledge, application and research of social responsibility in our environment, through informative, training activities and exchange of experiences, with the participation of people, companies and public and private institutions, leaders in this area. He believes that culture is a fundamental tool for raising awareness in all areas of life and, therefore, for sustainability.

The appointment will be this Thursday 25, at the Valladolid Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at Avda. Ramón Pradera 5: free entry until full capacity is reached.



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