Global film premiere
Belarusians are first to see Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Primeval Forest, filmed by Animal Planet TV Channel
The Animal Planet (Europe) Discovery TV Channel worked with the Information Ministry on the initiative, with the participation of Kosmos TV JSC and the Belarusian Presidential Administration. Before the world premiere, the film was screened in Belarus: at the Palace of the Republic’s small hall. Among the invited guests were members of the diplomatic corps, foreign media journalists accredited in Belarus, Belarusian journalists, and representatives of state bodies and the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. In addition, the film was screened at Oktyabr cinema, for the public. Minsk students and schoolchildren were invited to Moskva cinema and, at present, the film is being shown in Belarusian schools — including those in regional centres. Photo exhibitions and thematic events (including a Parade of Aurochs flash-mob) have been organised involving schoolchildren.
The film was shot between June and July 2015, within the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Lasting 45 minutes, it demonstrates the unique flora and fauna of the reserve and its rich diversity. The UNESCO World Heritage List site has great tourist potential, which is being balanced with commitments to preserving the environment; it is a major cultural, scientific and tourist centre, receiving serious state support.
By Veniamin Anisin
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