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GreenHeroes Episode 4; The Tree of Life

Original Title (If different): 
The Tree of Life
Production country: 
Running time (In minutes): 
Environnement / Nature
Student film: 
Production year: 
January, 2010
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Joan Prowse Bio
Producer and director of GreenHeroes TV series and webisodes, Joan Prowse is also a writer and editor; she creates television documentaries, interactive projects, and video shorts that profile compelling Canadian characters whose stories resonate with a global audience. Along with her documentaries, she produced and directed the biography series Lucky Breaks that aired on A&E’s Biography Channel and CHUM Television for two seasons and produced 28 profiles of Canadian musicians, directors and actors for Canwest Global’s Northern Lights series. Her biography Buffy Sainte:Marie A Multimedia Life, was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2009. It is one of over 25 hours of prime-time arts, biography and social issue documentaries she’s made for a slate of national and international broadcasters.
John Bessai Bio
Creative Director of the web channel and producer of the GreenHeroes series, John Bessai is a writer, director and executive producer of numerous television documentaries and videos. John has directed magazine pieces with environmental themes for Discovery’s and Animal Planet including Greenpeace: A Canadian Discovery, a profile that charts the environmental organization’s rise to global prominence, and In Search of the Spirit Bear about Canada’s endangered rainforest habitat. He also directed From Field to Studio: The Art of Paul Kane, an interactive DVD and permanent interactive museum exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, both of which were based on his award-winning television documentary Visions from the Wilderness: The Art of Paul Kane.

Film director: 
John Prowse, John Bessai
Joan Prowse
Cast 1: 
Tzeporah Berman
Cast 2: 
Wangari Maathai
Cast 3: 
Laura Reinsborough
Film synopsis: 
GreenHeroes are remarkable people who acted on their idea and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. Through their stories, our goal is to inspire people to take action and green their everyday lives. In this episode we find GreenHeroes at the root of the earth’s problems helping find new ways to tackle deforestation, GMOs, mass food production and even poverty in Africa. We feature three women on their journeys to make a difference. Featuring: Tzeporah Berman, organizer of a series of protests that drew 10,000 supporters at the height of the Clayoquot Sound conflict in British Columbia.To achieve her goals, Tzeporah straddles the line between activism and corporate America. She works with corporations such as Staples and Dell to help them become more ecologically friendly. She also convinced Victoria’s Secret to print their catalogues on recycled paper. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the first environmentalist to be recognized with this honour. Wangari initiated the Green Belt movement in Kenya, a program in which groups of women were paid to plant trees, proving advantageous for both the environment and the women. The movement set off the United Nations One Billion Trees Campaign. Each year, the campaign aims to have one billion trees planted worldwide. Laura Reinsborough, a real pioneer for local food usage and a new mother, she founded an organization that does away with rotting fruit. Laura founded Not Far From The Tree, an organization that harvests fruit bearing plants around Toronto. A third of the bounty goes to the volunteers, a third goes to the owner of the tree and a third goes to local shelters, preventing thousands of pounds of fruit from going to waste.
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