Female-produced and directed documentary showcases the power of women in conservation
Dallas, Texas (May 16, 2023) – Good things come in trees. Forest of Hope, an eye-opening documentary that highlights women leaders in forest conservation, was screened at the 17th Dallas International Film Festival earlier this month. Executive produced by iconic beauty brand Mary Kay in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the short film tells the story of Angélica Torres, leader of Mujeres Unidas Para La Conservacion de Laguna de Sanchez, and a group of female entrepreneurs as they combat environmental challenges in the area surrounding Monterrey, Mexico.
Forest of Hope takes viewers to a small mountain town, surrounded by Cumbres National Park, a natural reserve known as “The Lungs of the Region.” Fires and clear-cutting have destroyed over 30% of the local forest—and other ecological disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, and water supply issues, remain a constant threat.
The film, which was written, directed, and produced by an all-female team, has also been screened at the North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival, Hot Springs International Women’s Film Festival, Green Film Festival, and La Femme International Film Festival.
Forest of Hope marks the latest occasion where Mary Kay, a leader in corporate sustainability, has shined light on the issue of tree conservation. Recently, the brand announced the completion of a 69-acre reforestation project to revitalize Florida’s Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Mary Kay has supported large-scale reforestation projects around the world including the United States, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Peru, and Madagascar. Through its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, Mary Kay has planted 1.3 million trees and continues to work toward future impact.
Forest of Hope was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the amazing woman at the center of the documentary—Angélica Torres. In telling her story, we were able to touch on several important issues: the importance of family and community, protecting and preserving the environment, and female empowerment. At 71 years young, Angélica proves that you’re never too old to make a difference in this world.
Cris Graves, Director, Forest of Hope
Mary Kay has supported other women-directed and produced environmental documentaries such as Guardians of the Gulf, an eye-opening documentary that explores the tumultuous relationship between the Gulf of Mexico and the conservationists determined to protect it.
For decades, Mary Kay has demonstrated a commitment to conservation and nature-based solutions. Mary Kay has supported conservation projects, on land and below water, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Arbor Day Foundation to drive impact in critical areas such as reforestation and ocean conservation.
Through curation of the broadest range of expression through film, DIFF is the region’s most powerfully inclusive and equitable platform for diverse, emerging and underrepresented voices. The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is the signature program of our organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established as Dallas Film Society, Inc. in 2006 by people who believe passionately in the art and magic of film. Since its founding, DIFF has screened more than 2,500 widely diverse new films from more than 50 countries, provided more than $1.1 million in awards, and hosted more than 100,000 filmgoers and filmmakers.
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ABOUT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.