Le temps des forêts [The Time of Forests]


June 21 – June 27, 2021

Le Temps Des Forets 5 <i>Le temps des forêts</i> [Ormanların Zamanı] (2019) filminden bir kare ©AndanaFilms<br />
Still image from Le temps des forêts [The Time of Forests] (2019) ©AndanaFilms

Le temps des forêts [The Time of Forests] (2019)
Director: François-Xavier Drouet
103 minutes
French; Turkish and English subtitles

Between 1990 and 2015, the global forest area was reduced by 129 million hectares, which is eight times the size of the French Metropolitan forest. This deforestation has led to an eleven per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. From Limousin to Landes, from Morvan to Vosges, French forests are changing. As the symbol of authentic, wild nature, forests across Europe are undergoing an unprecedented phase of industrialization.

Changing forest management practices, intensive agricultural models, and privatization—supported by heavy mechanization, monoculture, fertilizers, and pesticides—are compounded by a loss of traditional know-how. Through interviews with rangers, forestry commission officials, sawmill operators and land rights campaigners in France, Le temps des forêts [The Time of Forests] is a journey to the heart of industrial forestry—and its alternatives.

SALT’s Is this our last chance? program is supported by its founder, Garanti BBVA. The films will only be accessible to online audiences in Turkey.