|PARADOX OF THE ANDES|
The Equator is not only the line that divides the Earth in two; it is also the climatic and evolutionary powerhouse of the world. Here, where the sun burns at its most intense, the pace of evolution quickens. The high slopes of Ecuador’s volcanoes are a cold desert known as the paramo, the ‘inhospitable lands’. On the mountain’s lower slopes, where it is warmer and wetter, the paramo is a rich shrubland. In the paramo, unexpected ice age relics and tropical species have found new opportunities.
There are no annual seasons at the Equator, but every day the resilient species of the paramo must endure constant conflict between the heat of the sun and cold created by towering mountains.
In the high Andes, every day can be like summer, and every night like winter.
Wildlife Asia Film Festival Best Cinematography
Intl French Wildlife Festival Best Editing, Best Script Best Knowledge of Animal World
New Zealand Wild Festival Special Jury Prize Hi Def
New York Film Festival Best Photography, Best Soundmix, Best Educational Value