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Cries of Our Ancestors

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The incredible story of humans and chimpanzees living side by side for centuries - and the threats now facing them both.

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The David Brower Center is proud to present "Cries of Our Ancestors," a short documentary film telling the story of the peaceful coexistence between humans and chimpanzees in Guinea, West Africa - and the way that bauxite mining (for aluminum) now threatens to destroy the home of both.

Conservationists Dr. Rebecca Kormos (Global Wildlife Conservation) and Mamadou Saliou Diallo (Guinée Écologie) unite with award-winning filmmakers Kalyanee Mam and Chris Brown to create a short film documentary about the unique and profound relationship between chimpanzees and the people of Guinea. Guinea has by far the largest number of chimpanzees in West Africa because people have lived side by side with them and protected them for centuries. Rebecca and Kalyanee traveled across Guinea to speak with local communities, gathering stories about people’s kinship with the chimpanzees and documenting how chimpanzees, forests, clean water, food security, and people’s livelihoods are intertwined.

Sadly, threats are looming. People and chimpanzees are being pushed out of their homes by bauxite mining, precious metal resource extraction and hydroelectric power projects. Once sharing the same water sources and fruits of the land, people and chimpanzees now struggle to survive in areas where mining is underway. Cries of Our Ancestors weaves the myriad voices of the Guinean people, providing poignant testimonies about the interconnectedness of life and the unfolding crisis.

This project was supported by the National Geographic Society and the Arcus Foundation. The film is approximately 20 minutes long.

Photo: A chimpanzee in the forest of Bossou, Guinea. The chimpanzees of Guinea are Western Chimpanzees and are listed by the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered as their numbers have plummeted by 80% in 24 years (Kalyanee Mam, Bossou, Guinea 2018).

ABOUT THE BROWER CENTER

The Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. Its Hazel Wolf Gallery, with its "Art of Advocacy" theme, features three exhibitions per year which explore environmental justice by youth, emerging, and established artists. Its public events programs connect the Berkeley community with a range of individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.

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