Pekka Kuusisto
(c) Kaapo Kamu

The Finnish musician Pekka Kuusisto is today joined by the Cannes award winning director Juho Kuosmanen to support Greenpeace’s global campaign to save The Great Northern Forest with the launch of a new campaign film The Elegy of the Forest. The film is available on Greenpeace International’s Facebook.

The Elegy of the Forest is launched as a part of Greenpeace’s continued campaign to protect The Great Northern Forest – the global boreal forest belt stretching from Alaska, Canada, and through Siberia to Scandinavia – from ongoing deforestation, uncontrolled forests fires and loss of biodiversity. The film has been shot in Orivesi, Finland, where heavy clearcuts have destroyed large areas of previously intact boreal forest.

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto hopes his audiences will turn their attention to the important role forests have always played in our lives and in our current struggle with climate change: “Forests have always been a source of inspiration in art, but nowadays they are becoming more and more a source of worry and sadness too, as we see that they are not treated with the respect and safeguarding they deserve. I hope that this film can help the ongoing preservation of our forests around the globe”.

The film is directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the winner of the main prize of the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with his first feature film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. In Finland, Kuosmanen is known for his active role in supporting environmental NGOs in their work to protect forests.

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