WILD CARPATHIA at the UN Headquarters NY
Screening of documentary film “Wild Carpathia – Seasons of Change”at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
Including a recorded message from HRH The Prince of Wales
2016, in English, 47 min.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 @ 6.30 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters
Please note that doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the screening begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. on June 27, 2017 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber in the UNHQ.
The United Nations Visitors Entrance is at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Please bring your ID with you.
Q&A: Charlie Ottley and Oana Mihai
Event organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
Participation is by invitation only.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25th, 2017
The final episode of Wild Carpathia – Seasons of Change (47 min, English) follows the changing seasons from the ripe glory of autumn through the depths of winter to the first flush of spring and witnesses a landscape of unparalleled beauty, a world of vivid colors and timeless tradition. From villages and communities prospering thanks to conservation and eco-tourism to ancient Neolithic cave houses, from remote snow-clad mountain peaks to churches of ice the show will present a side of Romania never seen before. Featuring stunning wildlife footage and moving interviews with a firmament of experts, his stunning 55 minute film will once again reveal the devastation caused by illegal logging. Wild Carpathia Seasons of Change will also examine how and why this needs to be stopped to avoid the wholesale destruction of Europe’s last great wilderness and its most priceless treasures.
See how the prosperity of rural areas depends on a symbiosis between man and nature and how conservation and protection of natural and cultural resources can provide a sustainable future for all.
Wild Carpathia – Seasons of Change is not just about the beauty of Romania through the changing seasons but also argues that this is the time for change on a much wider level.
Carpathia’s historic villages can only retain their growing national and international appeal so as long they are not eclipsed by the high rise of concrete and cement culture or dwarfed by insensitive modern development. Wild Carpathia Seasons of Change demonstrates how protecting this cultural wealth actually safeguards the future for people living in these communities. And crucially – by creating prosperity through edo-tourism, there is less incentive for people to go out and illegally tear down tens of thousands of hectares of forest every year.
Romania has the greatest biodiversity in Europe, it has the last great wilderness and most of Europe's surviving large carnivores. Described as the lungs of Europe, it also has perhaps the most enduring and authentic historical landscape. All of this is under threat from ruthless exploitation and short-term thinking. With the right controls and regulation, with the right education and encouragement these treasures could make Romania one of the wealthiest countries in the EU. It will also become a shining example to the rest of the world of how man can live in harmony with nature, and with the past, blending new ideas and innovation with tradition and the wisdom of generations.
Find out how this can be achieved and witness a landscape like no other; a landscape teetering on the brink of destruction but still one of the most unspoilt and beautiful regions in the whole of Europe.
Journalist, writer and TV travel presenter Charlie Ottley has worked as a freelance journalist and poet, a columnist for The Daily Express, and feature writer for Food and Travel Magazine, The Mail and a host of other titles.
Charlie was also appointed poet for World Online, Carlton Television, GMTV, Newsnight, Saturday Live, The Daily Politics, Five Live with Nicky Campbell and the Today Programme. In 2000 Charlie set up Forge TV (www.forge.tv) to co-produce a TV series based on his Weekender column for the Daily Express. The success of Weekender TV, broadcast on The Travel Channel, ensured a second series a year later based on food and travel, called Flavours Of Chile. Over the next twelve years this has grown in popularity to become one of the flagship shows for Travel Channel with six part series on Peru, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Scotland, Greece and Columbia in 2012, all of which he wrote and presented and which have subsequently been screened in 200 different countries and translated into 19 languages.
Over the last five years he has been writing and developing a series of environmental films with charity The European Nature Trust featuring HRH The Prince of Wales and aimed at saving and preserving the pristine forests and mountains of Romania. (www.wildcarpathia.tv). Charlie also remains a freelance journalist and contributor most recently writing features for The Dail Mail, Food and Travel Magazine and Vanity Fair. He is currently writing, directing, producing and presenting an eight part series on Romanian food, culture and heritage for PRO TV called Flavours of Romania.
Photographer and film maker Oana Mihai, 30 is the associate producer of Flavours of Romania, due to be screened on PRO TV this Autumn. With a degree in European Studies she started her career working in multi-media, liaising with clients and formulating online campaigns for web design company VBM Concept.
In 2012 she worked as a location coordinator on Wild Carpathia 2: From the Mountains to the Sea and went on to be joint fund-raiser and associate producer for Wild Carpathia 4: Seasons of Change. Alongside producer and director Charlie Ottley her role included helping to run the most successful crowd-funding campaign in Romanian history, creating revenue streams through sponsorship and corporate affiliation, creating and coordinating features for the program, photography, videography, location management and handling pr, press and marketing. She has appeared in numerous TV and Radio interviews and is becoming known as a dedicated conservationist and champion of Romania’s cultural heritage.