‘The Guide’ documentary: Can you can ‘preserve’ the environment you live in?

Jul 18, 2013
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Jessica Yu’s film “The Guide” is set on Mount Gorongosa in Mozambique.; Credit: Meraj Chhaya/Flickr

Set in Mozambique, filmmaker Jessica Yu’s main character, Tonga Torcida, lives on Mount Gorongosa and wants nothing more than to become a tour guide at the Gorongosa National Park, where 90 percent of the animal population has been wiped out by warfare.

His fortuitous meeting with a humanitarian spurs Torcida’s education about the environment. He learns about the ecosystem’s dependence on everything in it — big and small. But he also learns about the human role in the environmental destruction occurring in the park and the difficulties of getting people to change.

Jessica Yu, director of “The Guide”

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