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The Path of the Jaguar
This is a film project that aims to highlight the value of some of Colombia 's main river systems, which have been hidden and protected for half a decade, and you have the opportunity to support the project.
This project was brought to my attention by GFF contributor Carlos Heinsohn, who is very active in the Colombian fly fishing and fly tying community and an ambassador to fly fishing as a whole and in Colombia in particular and South America as a whole.
I shared a video on peacock bass a while back. A beautiful and tempting 12 minute film from the Colombian jungle. The team behind this video have now embarked on an even more epic journey under the label “The Path of the Jaguar”.
This is a film project that aims to highlight the value of some of Colombia's main river systems, which have been hidden and protected for half a decade. You have the opportunity to support the project, receiving everything from a humble thank you over flies and fly lines, books, video and much more to a jungle trip for peacock bass. The possible donations start at a mere 5 US$ and ends at 6,000 US$ ore more for the above mentioned trip. There are plenty steps in between as it can be seen on the Kickstarter page for the project.
Here's what the film makers write to introduce the project:
Wild Fishing in the Colombian Jungle
A new documentary film by a group of renowned flyfishermen aims to protect Colombia's key jungle river ecosystems, hidden from the outside world for the past 50 years by the country's long-standing armed conflict. The overarching goal of the film is to inspire a new perception of Colombia as one of the world's richest and most diverse ecosystems that must be preserved for future generations.
Colombia has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, that is why these anglers found the compelling reason to instead show a better, more realistic face, via the true wilderness of Colombia in a documentary film.
Many of the remote places in Colombia were preserved by the presence of the FARC guerrilla, they actually enforced the preservation of flora and fauna for various reasons, some obviously out of self-interest. In 2016 a peace treaty was signed and many of the groups that were protecting those areas abandoned their weapons and demobilized.
The filmmakers also hope to inspire new, sustainable local economies that harness ecotourism and provide long-term sources of revenue for local communities while protecting the health of these vibrant ecosystems. The distribution plan includes presenting the documentary to various organizations, from government agencies and non profit organizations, to fishing associations and local community groups.
You can support this effort to create a conservation conscience in these moments of social and political changes in Colombia so these ecosystems could find a sustainable future in front of all the threats of particular interests that surely will seek to exploit them in an ambitious way.
You can watch the trailer here
We invite you to join this project at Kickstarter, your support is very important to make it come true.