Green: at what price?

Reforestation, environmental development, growth in the developing world: when does a green economy come at too high a price?

The Ugandan Government wants to encourage development and boost it’s forest reserves. They’ve leased over 8000 hectares of land to Norwegan based company, Green Resources, Africa’s largest forestation company. This sounds like a good news story in Africa, except that Bukaleba Forest Reserve, on the shores of Lake Victoria, has been home to thousands of rural people for decades.

These villagers are indicative of 90 % of rural Africans who have no land title; they are being forced from the land they have lived on for years.

Isah was arrested in 2014 for preventing trees being planted on ‘his’ land. He was imprisoned for 18 months. James was chased from his land and one son was cut on the head; the other hid in water fearing for his life. Jessica and Olga explain how life used to be, when food and land was plentiful, and how, today they struggle to survive.

At the core of this film is one simple truth: land acquisitions for growth and development can compromise the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

We hear from the villagers, the Land Ministry, the company at the core. ‘Green: at what price?’ not only highlights the plight of Ugandan villagers, but reveals a vital scenario playing out across Africa and around the globe.

  • Nicola Milne
    Panorama, Great Railway Journeys, Into Africa
  • Nicky Milne
    Panorama, Great Railway Journeys,
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Documentary, current affairs
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 5 D
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • KLEFF envioronmental festival
    Kuala Lumpur
    October 22, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Journeyman Films
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nicola Milne

Nicky Milne is a passionate film maker, photographer and executive producer, overseeing multi-media output for Thomson Reuters Foundation. With a vital background in documentary film making, she directs/produces key human rights documentaries, shot globally.

Nicky spent many years in factual television, presenting, directing/producing and executive producing a range of high -end programming. She left a position as an Executive in Factual Commissioning at the BBC to undertake a Masters in Photojournalism, passing with distinction. She joined a global NGO and became Head of Film and Photography, overseeing multimedia for advocacy, fundraising and education, before joining Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is passionate about factual story telling and ensuring outstanding visuals as well as journalistic rigour.

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