National Geographic is sharing our story!

by Monica Allaby on November 26, 2018

Our award-winning documentary is going to air on National Geographic!

This month, National Geographic will release a short documentary highlighting our work in Pemba, Tanzania. The 14-minute documentary, titled Kokota: The Islet of Hope, will be shared online through National Geographic’s website.

“Kokota: The Islet of Hope” tells the story of Mbarouk’s quest to help Kokota, and how an unlikely partnership with 21-year old Canadian tree planter, Jeff Schnurr, catalyzes an island wide transformation. This inspiring 14-minute documentary introduces viewers to the resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and explores how these unlikely heroes have innovatively adapted to a changing climate while restoring their islands forests. This inspirational film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts.

The full-length documentary was screened at 35 international film festivals and won 7 awards, including the Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability at the DC Environmental Film Festival (2017) and the Best Canadian Short Film at the Planet in Focus Film Festival (Toronto, 2016).

The film was written, directed and edited by Moncton’s Craig Norris of VideoBand with the latest version of the film being adapted for National Geographic by Saint John’s Hemmings House Pictures.

Before the full film is released, we want to give you a chance to view it on our website first! 

We are launching our most ambitious holiday campaign ever to coincide with the National Geographic broadcast and to bring the same climate solutions featured in the film to two more small islands in need - Njoa and Kisiwa-Panza. But we need your help to make it happen!

We are asking our friends and supporters to help us kickstart the campaign now by donating and sharing this email with 3 people you think will believe in the work and would enjoy a sneak peek of the film.

After a decade of hard work, we know this is our big opportunity to raise the profile of our small but mighty organization and attract the global support that frontline communities in Zanzibar need now to overcome climate change.

Thank You!

Tuko pamoja – We are together

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