Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3:00PM
National Museum of Natural History – Washington, DC
United States Premiere of the documentary 86 Centimeters Bhutan is one of the hot spots of environmental preservation on earth as 70 percent of its surface is covered with forest and it hardly contributes at all to CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, it is facing the undisputable effects of global warming as melting ice continues to weaken the walls of the Himalayan glacier lakes. If the lakes should burst, the lives of thousands of people and animals will be endangered and the fertile arable land in this hidden kingdom destroyed. The only way to prevent such a disaster is to dig a drainage system and lower the water level of Lake Thorthomi by six meters over a period of three years. The film follows an army of 350 farmers, students and workers, who climbed the Himalayan Mountains for the first three-month expedition, which resulted in a reduction in the water level of 86 centimeters. Directed by Peterjan van der Burgh Tshering Gyeltshen. Produced by Henk de Jong.
Discussion with 86 Centimetres filmmaker Henk de Jong, Bruce Bunting, President, Bhutan Foundation and Tshewang Wangchuk, Conservation Advisor, Bhutan Foundation, follows screenings.
Shown with BHUTAN: LAND OF THE BLACK NECKED CRANE
FREE – No reservations required.
National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC
(Metro: Smithsonian, The Mall exit or Federal Triangle, 12th St. exit)