Australian filmmaker Ginny Stein revealed today will mark the first public screening of her nature documentary, narrowly filmed in Vanuatu called – Life and Limb.
The awareness documentary underlines the importance of safeguarding our forest and will also advertise to the world the esoteric beauty of our ecological communities.
Life and Limb was produced and filmed by Stein with the considerable support of Field Officers from the Vanuatu Forestry Department. 12 islands out of more than 82 in Vanuatu have been chosen for the inventory.
The ABC Correspondent equipped with 20 years of experience said the documentary will educate people on what the Forestry Officers are doing to preserve our ecosystem.
The filming began last year which required months of hard work. All in all, they feature all the pieces of documented videos recorded by few of the Forestry officers during their field work within the different islands.
As defined in the Collins Dictionary, Life and Limb is emblematic of risking life and limb to do something that requires maximum effort. In other words, risking it all for a better cause. This type of sacrifice was proven by Foresters in the film, by overcoming challenges of rocky steep hills, deep mud trails and rough shores.
Amongst the team was Rinneth Kaltong who is Nursery worker from the Department of Forestry in Santo. Kaltong conveyed the main challenges faced in their journey was entering Taboo places and areas with land disputes.
She added “the benefits however, will help farmers as guardians of the forest to understand the value of preserving our environmental system, to show tourists the exquisiteness Vanuatu has to offer and to advocate to the people of Vanuatu the work of Foresters in conserving the life of the forest”.
The documentary comes with a message on how the people of Vanuatu are fighting to protect their forests. Though it will take time, we need to address threats like logging, climate change, natural disasters and subsistence agriculture.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu stated in the video, “there’s definitely much more human interference with the forest these days.
“Forests have been sustaining us for centuries. We need to make sure they are there for the future, because we don’t know what the future holds, all we know is how the past has allowed us to survive”.
Another message highlighted in the film documentary is how trees are being cut down to plant kava, or to build shelters for kava.
A solution was raised by Minister Regenvanu who said because of the high demand of kava in the market, “we need to reserve areas and intensify agricultural production”.
The documentary film will be screened this evening at the Australian High Commissioner’s Residence. It will be broadcasted on social media soon after its public screening.