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05 jul 2018

Documentary on conservation released online

"The Imperfect Poem" proposes questions on the interference of man over nature

​Fernando Fernandez wrote the "The Imperfect Poem" book that inspired the documentary. Credit: Advertisement
Released this year in Curitiba (PR) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ), the documentary “The Imperfect Poem”, directed by Zulmira Coimbra, has been made available online in full. The film, envisioned as a learning and awareness-raising tool, is based on a similarly-titled book by professor of the Ecology Department at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and member of the Nature Conservation Experts Network, Fernando Fernandez, and it shows that the destruction of nature is not a recent phenomenon – to the contrary, it has been going on for over 50 thousand years of human history.

“The Imperfect Poem is the already-impaired nature we know. In the late 19th century, American writer Henry Thoreau already referred to nature as an entire poem and resented the fact that he inherited from his ancestors a version already lacking some of its most important pages,” Fernandez explains.
Produced by the Pro-Carnivores Institute and sponsored by the Boticário Group Foundation of Nature Protection, the documentary explains how the extinction of several species started after humans left the African continent, and continues with the fragmentation of natural habitats. The film also reinforces the importance of creating protected areas, rebuilding faunas, and changing our behavior of wasting resourses. “The final chapters reflect on who we are and where we came from – even showing that we might not have existed,” Fernandez continues.

The “The Imperfect Poem” book was released in 2000. For the author, the film can help establish a conversation with other audiences that did not have access to the work. “The book is not available in bookstores and was re-released this year, reaching its fourth edition, which shows that Brazil has a demand for these topics. I believe that making the material available on a new platform can reinforce searches for the topic,” he concludes.

“The film clearly shows that we are responsible for our future. Therefore, we must be aware that our attitudes in the present will reflect a long time from now, in other words, what we do today will be our legacy to future generations. For the Foundation, supporting a project such as this is believing that there are several ways to bring people closer to nature,” said the Boticário Group Foundation Executive Director, Malu Nunes.