Costa Rican animated film teaches about climate change

Frankling Chang, Costa Rican astronaut, on climate change and Odyssey 2050

“Odissey 2050″, an animated film made in Costa Rica was released to the public last Friday. The movie was produced in collaboration with the British Embassy, and its purpose is to teach about climate change and the destructive actions of humans on Earth.

“We are very happy to have this great opening here in Costa Rica; in this country there is a lot of talent among youths, and thanks to this initiative, a lot of kids are going to be able to learn about the importance of taking care of the planet,” said Bruce Callow, from the Communications Office of the British Embassy.

“Odyssey 2050″ was declared of Public and Cultural Interest by President Laura Chinchilla in May this year. According to the movie’s website, the project wants to present in a fun and enthusiastic way, the consequences of climate change.

The film also represents a big leap in the Costa Rican movie industry.

“Costa Rica has a lot of potential in the field of animation, because there is not only talent, but also a lot of creativity,” said Alejandro Hernández, Director of Science and Technology Promotion of the MICIT.

“This is just small sample of what could be done. It is the first animated movie produced in Costa Rica and directed by a Costa Rican,” he added.

[captionpix imgsrc="http://thecostaricanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Brit1.jpg" align="right" captiontext="The first of 10 modules of 'Odyssey 2050' was presented during the visit of Jeremy Browne, Foreign Affairs Minister and member of the British Parliament, last week."]Synchro Studio started developing the project two years ago. The movie was directed by the tico Thelvin Cabezas. The first of 10 modules of “Odyssey 2050″ was presented during the visit of Jeremy Browne, Foreign Affairs Minister and member of the British Parliament, last week.

Browne said that the British Government wants to closely collaborate with Costa Rica in the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change.

Luis Liberman, second vice-president;  Enrique Castillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Sharon Campbell, British Ambassador in Costa Rica, also attended the activity and presented recognition certificates to a group of students who participated in a workshop destined to reflect on the importance of preserving the planet.

Mario Garita for TheCostaRicaNews.com

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