First documentary on wildlife in Equatorial Guinea triumphs in Spain


The secret of the forest (“El secreto del bosque”, original title) is an environmental awareness-raising documentary filmed entirely in the natural surroundings of Equatorial Guinea, in 2015.

The “El secreto del bosque” documentary, produced by the NGO ECOGUINEA, has won various cinema festivals taking place in Spain. The latest of these was the Grand Prize awarded unanimously by the jury at the Ronda-Madrid-Malaga Biennial International for Scientific Cinema , from the AESIC (Spanish Association for Scientific Cinema and Image).

At the closing ceremony of the festival, at the Palace of Congresses in Ronda (Malaga), the work was awarded the prize “for its technical quality, script and artistry, in addition to using the utmost scientific vigour on the story, inspired by an African tale, which deals with the conservation of nature”.

Furthermore, “El secreto del Bosque” took two further prizes for Best animation documentary in the environment category, and best photography, at the KO&Digital International Festival for Solidarity in Cinema in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (Barcelona), against over 700 works.

The documentary, filmed entirely in Equatorial Guinea in 2015, has also been selected to be shown at various festivals throughout the world (Peru, Mozambique, Germany,…) demonstrating not only the quality of the work, but also international interest to get to know the fauna and flora of Equatorial Guinea. Furthermore, since June 2016, you can see it on Equatoguinean television.

The success of the work began with a great team of Equatoguinean and Spanish professionals working shoulder to shoulder to film, as never seen before, shots of such emblematic animals as elephants, turtles or drills, in the Cladera de Luba or on Monte Alén, in a project which lasted almost two years, and brings together live footage and animation.

The documentary is now looking for financial backing, in order to be shown next year in the schools and high schools in Equatorial Guinea, and villages within the protected areas, within the framework of an awareness-raising strategy which promotes, through knowledge, the ecological consciousness of the country, and will be carried out by ECOGUINEA:

This NGO came about within the framework of an environmental conservation project set up by the Association ECOTONO, the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), and the National Institute for Forest Development and Management of the National System for Protected Areas (INDEFOR AP), thanks to financial backing for the National Content for Social Development, managed by Marathon Oil.

To see the trailer:

Information and photos: Rocío Cadahía Fernández (ECOGUINEA)
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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