Today the SMA is proud to offer to our readers the trailer of the climate change documentary The Great Green Wall, an epic and uplifting story told by Malian-French singer and activist Inna Modja, executive-produced by Fernando Meirelles (City Of God), and with the SMA Communications Officer as an Associate Producer. The film is backed by the UN and co-funded by the Irish Government.
The film had its world premier at the international Venice Film Festival on Saturday evening, August 31st, 2019.
The film focuses on the ongoing Africa-led project to grow an 8,000km wall of trees and plants across the width of the continent. The initiative will stretch from Senegal to Djibouti and aims to provide food and jobs to millions.
The film, described as “Buena Vista Social Club meets Years of Living Dangerously”, follows Modja across Africa as she assembles leading musicians and singers to record an album that captures the spirit of the Wall, which once completed will be the largest living structure on earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.
Director is Jared P. Scott, whose previous docs The Age of Consequences and Requiem For the American Dream debuted at the HotDocs and Tribeca Film Festivals, respectively.
Former BBC investigative journalist Sarah Macdonald, who won a BAFTA for her work at BBC Newsnight, is also an Executive Producer and the Founder of Make Waves Productions. Sarah attended the 2019 SMA Provincial Assembly in Dromantine where she presented a private screening of the Great Green Wall documentary.
The film is also Executive Produced by Alexander Asen, the Communications Officer with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, who is well known to the SMA and who assisted us with the launch of the Laudato Tree Project and at the World Meetings of Families 2018.