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'Primeval' Film Event at VIU

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Sunday, March 5th, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

See the stunning new documentary "Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux" by award-winning fillmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land), official selection at Washington, D.C.'s prestigious Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.

Learn about a plan to protect the incomparable Incomappleux - one of the world's last truly intact, ancient temperate rainforests - with a new provincial park. Featuring a presentation by Valhalla Wilderness Society Director Craig Pettitt and discussion with Gillis. 

Admission by donation Following an expedition of conservationists, biologists and wilderness explorers, Gillis documents the nature and history of this unique place – replete with rare lichens and 2,000-year-old trees – along with a plan to preserve it through a new provincial or Canadian park, the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal.

Visiting the Incomappleux is “like going back in time”, as expedition member Sean Elkink observes, to a forest that has been growing continuously since the last ice age – utterly untouched by the hand of man. But in recent decades, most of the ancient rainforest in the Incomappleux Valley has been destroyed by logging. The magnificent core that is left has been spared only by the hard work of a small band of defenders – and remains under threat to this day.

Public access to the ancient forest has always been difficult, but in recent years, bridge and road washouts have closed it to all but a handful of hardy adventurers who could backpack there. Few people have seen it since. Now, after a Herculean filmmaking expedition, with Primeval, you are invited to experience the Incomappleux for yourself in all its splendour.

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