takaya Follows the Battle for One of the Last Stretches of Pristine Tasmanian Forest

May 14, 2018
A priceless Tasmanian wilderness is the site of a pitched battle between conservationists and loggers.

Produced by sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, takayna is a new documentary on the importance of protecting Tasmania’s remote takayna/Tarkine region.

Created in partnership with the Bob Brown Foundation, trail runners and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, the film is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness and gain global support in nominating the region as a World Heritage Area.

Situated in the North West region of Tasmania, takayna/Tarkine is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient temperate rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the southern hemisphere. There is no other place like it, yet it’s still under threat from extractive industries, primarily
logging and mining, and off-road vehicle damage.

Country Director for Patagonia Australia, Dane O’Shanassy, is excited to share this film with the general public. “As a brand, we continuously fight for the protection of wild places in order to preserve environmental and cultural heritage values for future generations. We made this film to shed light on what is happening in takayna/Tarkine and to inspire action and save one of Australia’s most culturally and environmentally significant wild places,” says O’Shanassy.

Told through the experience of Nicole Anderson, a local doctor and avid trail runner, takayna weaves together the narratives of activists and the Aboriginal community. The documentary unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places.

”Running is a marvellous tool in conservation work, it gives us the ability to cover long distances over forestry and mining roads behind locked gates,” says Anderson. “We must come in and actually document this destruction, the devastation of takayna/Tarkine needs to be exposed.”

takaya is screening on the following dates:

Date: Thursday 17th May
Venue: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
Location: M Gallery by Sofitel, 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura NSW
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/trails-in-motion-katoomba-tickets-45545594098

Date: Friday 18th May
Venue: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
Location: M Gallery by Sofitel, 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura NSW
Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/trails-in-motion-katoomba-tickets-45788153600

Date: Monday 4th June
Venue: Dendy Cinema Opera Quays
Location: 9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/takayna-sydney-tickets-45887993223

Date: Wednesday 6th June
Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Location: Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne VIC
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/takayna-melbourne-tickets-45888108568

For information on future screening dates and times visit www.patagonia.com.au/takayna. To sign the petition calling for the Tasmanian state premier to nominate the Tarkine as a World Heritage Area, head to
change.org/takayna.

 

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