British actress Kate Winslet has provided the narration for a new film from documentary maker Tim Tyson Short in conjunction with Lyme-Regis based charity The Word Forest Organisation which plants trees, builds classrooms and facilitates education in rural Kenya. The film also highlights women’s empowerment group, Mothers of the Forest .
The 40-minute documentaty #TreesAreTheKey follows Tim’s visit to Boré in Kenya’s Coast Province in February 2019 where he accompanied a small team of Word Forest volunteers with the remit was to tell the story of why we need to plant more trees in the tropics and why we need to support the people who are taking care of the forests.
Tim managed to capture remarkable stories from the tree planters of Boré, including charting the success of the 40 Mothers of the Forest who have addressed social isolation and depression amongst the women in their community by building a framework of sisterly support and resilience over the last two years.
Also featured in the documentary are the Mother’s very first literacy and numeracy lessons after many of the women had originally been denied the chance to go to school. But thanks to their new found skills they are not able to take excess commodities from the forest to sell at market, which helps to alleviate poverty and hunger.
Titanic star Kate Winslet, was convinced to narrate the film after learning about the work of The Word Forest Organisation during her time filming Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ in Lyme Regis.
#TreesAreTheKey will premiere at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Wednesday, October 2 and will go on general release soon after.
If you would like to organise a public screening of the film, email team@WordForest.org.