On Wednesday night in downtown Bogotá, the chic terrace restaurant of Apache in the Hotel Clik Clak played host to the launch of Festival CineMAR 2014 in Colombia. The attendees were treated to some sustainable seafood treats courtesy of local chef Felipe Arizabaleta, such as Pacific sierra ceviche and an incredible Piangua tamal, all washed down with a cocktail devised specifically for the event using viche a local brew brought from the Pacific for the event, mixed with orange juice, spearmint and sugar cane! Amazing.
To kick off CineMAR 2014, we screened the promotional video of the event followed by a film made by the team at El Tiempo and BIOREDD+ (a USAID funded program in Colombia), investigating the little known cockle piangua, a very important artisanal fishery of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, how it is harvested and utilised in local dishes, and how raising its profile in Colombia’s biggest cities might be an important driver of income in poorer afro-Colombian communities of the Pacific coast. Even if you missed the launch itself, you can check out this short film here: http://youtu.be/qSIpNUGVaCA.
With this event we start the final countdown to CineMAR 2014, so for more great short films, make sure you come along to Maloka on Wednesday and Thursday next week (3/4th December). A total of 12 short films will be shown and you will have the chance to ask questions to a panel of ocean experts! Make sure you put it in your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you there!