“Buena Vista Social Club” meets “The Year of Living Dangerously” is how director Jared P. Scott pitches “The Great Green Wall,” an eco-documentary that shines a light on one of the world’s most ambitious but unsung initiatives to tackle climate change.
The film premiered last week at Venice Days, an independent program running alongside the Venice Film Festival.
Executive produced by Fernando Meirelles, the Oscar-nominated director of “City of God” and “The Constant Gardener,” the film focuses on a plan, agreed by 11 African nations in 2007, to plant 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) of trees and vegetation across the Sahel, the semi-arid area that stretches the entire width of the continent, just below the Sahara desert.
“The Great Green Wall” will be screened for 150 heads of state at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City on Sept. 23.
Read the story at Variety.
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