The first production trailer for UNBELIZEABLUE, a new documentary that follows a multigenerational group of inspiring women leaders striving to protect the world's second largest coral reef system. To learn more, visit http://www.unbelizeablue.org



Not only do women have the potential to become conservation leaders by taking decisions and leading-tapping into gaps and opportunities-in biodiversity conservation, but they're doing it every day in Belize. As a new documentary film, UNBELIZEABLUE is putting a spotlight on diverse women conservation leaders in Belize striving to protect the second-largest coral reef system in the world and associated livelihoods. Like other coastal coun�tries, Bel�ize's eco�nomy re�lies heav�ily on its mar�ine re�sources. In fact, fish�ing and mar�ine-based tour�ism sus�tain the live�li�hoods of more than 50% of the coun�try's cit�izens. Con�sequently, the equit�able use of mar�ine re�sources is of crit�ical im�port�ance to Bel�izeans, who wish their nat�ural cap�ital to be con�served and re�in�ves�ted in a sus�tain�able way.

"But how can com�munit�ies thrive while co�ex�ist�ing with their nat�ural en�vir�on�ment? Where do we draw the line between prop�erty de�vel�op�ment and en�vir�on�mental pro�tec�tion? How does a coun�try choose between mass cruise ship tour�ism and eco-friendly overnight tour�ism? Who signs off on the tradeoff between off�shore oil ex�ploit�a�tion versus a po�ten�tial nat�ural dis�aster due to oil spills along pristine reefs? These are some of the crit�ical ques�tions and chal�lenges that will be ex�plored in the film."

With re�gards to the film's char�ac�ters, Bel�ize has the unique dis�tinc�tion that vir�tu�ally all its local and in�ter�na�tional NGOs are led by wo�men, as are key gov�ern�ment de�part�ments as�so�ci�ated with the pro�tec�tion of mar�ine re�sources. This ap�pears to be a mul�ti�gen�er�a�tional phe�nomenon where a group of wo�men pi�on�eers opened the door for the next gen�er�a�tion of fe�male con�ser�va�tion lead�ers, who are in turn boost�ing a newer gen�er�a�tion to be�gin mak�ing their voices heard. Show�cas�ing these wo�men lead�ers and their stor�ies will be the main plot�line of UN�BEL�IZE�ABLUE.

DIRECTOR: ELADIO ARVELO
PRODUCER: ELADIO ARVELO, SHAREEF HAQ, PHIL KARP, NYASHA LAING