I Bought a Rainforest

Jacob Andrén, an ordinary young man, is thinking about his days in primary school. He is wondering about what happened to the rainforest that he and his classmates bought after having collected money at a flea market. They received a certificate of ownership, he recalls, but that was 20 years ago. The Forest is a unique, amusing and vivid film, which accompanies Jacob on his journey to Central America, and mediates knowledge of the rain forest. It is a story about reflecting on the freedom of childhood and about using that inspiration to make a change.

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    We are pleased about the screening of our documentary "I Bought a Rainforest" at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from 8 to 17 March 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. More informations and screenings on the website of the festival:

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I Bought a Rainforest

Jacob Andrén, an ordinary young man, is thinking back upon his days in primary school. He is wondering about what happened to all the trees that he and his classmates bought, after having collected money at a flea market. They received a certificate of ownership, he recalls, but that was 20 years ago.

Did their effort really make a difference? Jacob decides to investigate the case, and he starts looking for the old certificate but it is hard to trace. While searching, he is told that another 400 000 Swedish kids have bought rainforest as well, and even more kids in other countries. But what defines a rain forest, really? And what threats are they facing today, compared to 20 years ago? And most importantly: Is the forest still there? And in that case: Where? These questions arise, and he wants to find the answers. Jacob manages to find his old teacher from primary school, who locates his forest in Costa Rica. She tells him that the forest was said to be protected forever, but she is only a teacher and cannot promise him that it is still there. This is when Jacob decides to go tracing his trees.

This film gives people knowledge of the rain forest and shows that one human can indeed make a change. This is a different, amusing and vivid film about the journey and its consequences, about being an ordinary, unwitting person who dares to make a difference. It is a story about reflecting on the freedom of childhood and about using that inspiration to make a change.

Directors: Helena Nygren, Jacob Andrén
Idea: Niklas Ottosson
Camera: Helena Nygren
Editing: Erik Bäfving, Johan Bjerkner
Music: Andreas Eklöf
Sound Design: Martin Hennel, Mikael Körner
Technical Supervisor: Emma Svensson
Colour Correction: Johan Eklund
Title Design: DETTA
Artistic Supervisor: Lasse Henning

Producers: Margarete Jangård, Fredrik Gertten
Co-Producert: Christian Beetz
Executive Producers: Vita Randazzo, Lisa Häfner, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Line Producer: Anahita Zafari, Kathrin Isberner

Commissioning Editors: Lars Säfström (SVT), Martin Pieper (ZDF/ARTE), Joakim Strand (Film i Skåne)

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