I bought a Rainforest

Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has just bought 100 acres of the Peruvian Amazon without even looking at it first. He plans to spend a year photographing the animals on his land, before launching a campaign to protect more of the forest. But it turns out buying a piece of land over the phone comes with its complications.

Over three programmes Charlie discovers that the problems facing the Amazon are all on his doorstep – the drug trade, illegal gold mining, logging and poverty. In order to make the right decisions about what to do with his land, he first needs to understand these problems. He sets out to learn more by living and working with local people and begins to realise that the way to help preserve the rainforest is not to buy it up, but to engage with the people, and to work with them.

→ watch episode 1 here
→ watch episode 2 here
→ watch episode 3 here

180′ (2014) 3-part documentary series for BBC2
Director: Gavin Searle
Assistant Producer: Martha-Cecilia Dietrich
Producer & Distributor: Keo Films