Interview. Aminina Benguigui, director of the Congo Basin documentary “The Last Lung of the World”, resonates with the ecology of Africans.
IIt is customary to say that Africa is the cradle of mankind. Together with the Congo Basin, if its ecological importance is truly considered, it may also be an important part of solving the problem of global warming. The Congo Basin is a forest plot of 3.7 million square kilometers and is the birthplace of the Congo River. Its 2E The world after the Amazon is also home to a swamp that has stored 30 million tons of carbon for 10,000 years. For many reasons, director Yamina Benguigui became interested in it. In order to produce her documentary dedicated to him, Yamina Benguigui let local actors know the ecological problems around the Congo Basin very well. It also relies on the findings and comments of Suspense Averti Ifo, professor of tropical ecology in the Congo, and his English colleague Simon Simon Lewis. Together, they make it possible to realize the capital importance of the Congo Basin in the global ecosystem.in order to Africa Point, Yamina Benguigui returned to the origins of this documentary, using the words of its producer Philippe Dupuis-Mendel In the history of combining ancestral knowledge and contemporary scientists’ research, we have learned about the degree of danger of planetary ecological struggles involving all of us.”
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Africa Point : Why and when did you find it necessary to make a documentary, such as “The Last Lung of the World” » ?
Yamina Benguigui: As an activist, politician and film producer, I have long been involved in the struggle to defend human rights. This struggle is only meaningful if humans can continue to live on the earth: today, the struggle related to global warming and environmental protection means defending the most precious of these rights: the right to live equally and sustainably on the earth with dignity .
The Congo Basin is the world’s second-largest pneumonia after Amazon. This film has become obvious. This is my contribution to this struggle. I want the voices of Africans, scientists, environmentalists, activists, and few documentaries for them to speak.
I decided to put the professor and researcher Averty Ifo in the center of the film Suspense. The professor teaches tropical and forest ecology at Marien N’Gouabi University in Brazzaville. Together with his British colleague Simon Lewis, he participated in the discovery of the world’s largest peat bog, located in two Congo: Brazzaville, Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.The swamp is larger than England and has a history of more than 10,000 years, and its sequestered carbon dioxide exceeds 30 billion tons.2 pcs, Or equivalent to three years of global carbon monoxide emissions, the main greenhouse gases are mainly emitted by Western industrialized countries, while Africa only emits 4% of the annual emissions. This discovery was made in Brazzaville, Congo, and this is where I decided to grow the camera.
my movie The last lung of the world, Is a cry of vigilance and hope. The warning is crying, because if the balance of the swamp is to be disrupted, it will become an ecological time bomb, which may cause the temperature to rise by more than 3 degrees. A cry of hope, because people living along the river are very aware of the dangers of climate change.
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They are the pioneers of African ecology. They understand both nature and ancestors, and are keenly aware of the risks that global warming poses to their immediate environment: river siltation, scarcity of fishery resources, deforestation, water pollution, rising temperatures…
I met men and women who are committed to protecting the environment, engaged in organic farming, committed to the sustainable development of fields and forests, the faces and voices of men and women… I photographed these guards of the Congo River and these sentinels in the Congo. Forests and peat bogs, they fight global warming on a scale. They are mobilizing to protect their natural heritage, which is the basis for the survival of all mankind in the future. As Simon Lewis said: « Without them, without actions now and now, Africans have mastered the destiny of the earth, and it is difficult to imagine a viable future. “