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Galapagos - My Special Island

United Nations, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Simone DiBagno

Ecudor's Galapagos is a group of 48 small Pacific Ocean Islands, 600 miles off the coast of continental South America. Darwin called the islands a world in itself, a Garden of Eden for wildlife and one that man should not be allowed to destroy. In 1959, UNESCO recognised its uniqueness by dedicating the Galapagos Islands as a heritage of mankind.

People started settling in The Galapagos half a century ago. Today, there are 6,00 of them and 17,000 tourists visit each year. In the film the one of the original settlers talks about how life on the islands, how it was in the past and how it is now tourism has arrived. The precarious balance of the sensitive island ecosystems.

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