A Wild Idea – Documentary Film

A Wild Idea is an award winning documentary about the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ecuador’s unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change: In exchange for payments from the world community, the country would leave intact the vast oil reserves that lie beneath a pristine portion of the Amazon, as long as the world compensates the country with hundreds of millions of dollars. If accepted, this proposal would contribute to preserving biodiversity, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions, and respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and their way of life.


Best Student Film – Green Screen Film Festival, 2011.

Best Short Film – Colorado Environmental Film Festival, 2012.

Silver Star – Cinema Verde Film Festival – International College Competition 2012.

Best Thesis Film – 8th Annual ReelHeART
 International Film Festival, 

Green Award –  Third World Indi Film Festival, 2012.

Third Place Environmental Film –  My Hero International Film Festival, 2012

Honorable Mention Award for Portrayal of Human vs. Wildlife Interaction – International Wildlife Film Festival, 2012.

Honorable Mention Award for Documentary Short – International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality, 2012.

Highly Commended – Newcomer category, Wildscreen Panda Awards, 2012

The film takes the viewer to the Yasuní National Park, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest’s stunning biodiversity.  The film also focuses in the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath the part of the park known as the ITT Block.

A Yasuní grasshoper.

Exploiting the ITT seemed to be the logical step Ecuador had to take, but political changes have transformed the way the country views oil development. Through testimony representing different perspectives and rich archival video, A Wild Idea shows how the seemingly utopian ideal of keeping valuable oil underground turned into an official proposal.

As the film progresses, the complex initiative becomes easy to understand. The audience sees what’s at stake if the proposal is not accepted. And the political twists and turns that made it possible and that could also threaten the success of this revolutionary idea.

If accepted, the Yasuní-ITT initiative will protect perhaps the most biodiverse place on Earth. It would also respect the rights of two of the last nomadic tribes that live there in voluntary isolation. And it would avoid the emission of hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Canoe trip at the Yasuni National Park.

A Wild Idea is a thought provoking film that explores the complexity of oil development within a fragile ecosystem, its local and global implications, and its effects on the planet as a whole.



The Making of A Wild Idea

A Wild Idea, was directed and produced by Verónica Moscoso. This film was Verónica’s master thesis at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Production and postproduction took approximately a year.

The project was possible thanks to The Anzinger Endowment, Margaret and Will Hearst Fund and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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To watch the English version of the film clicking here to contact the distributor or go to this link: http://www.videoproject.com/wildidea.html

You can watch the Spanish version of the film for free online by clicking here or going to this link: https://vimeo.com/43498066