Last February 08, it was screened at the American Center in Tanjombato, the short movie "Bandro: The Hidden Treasure of Lake Alaotra"
The movie was produced by the Primate Study and Research Group (GERP), on the initiative of Prof. RATSIMBAZAFY Jonah. It is divided into two distinct parts. The first part features a GERP expedition in search of one of the most threatened species of lemurs on the island: Hapalemur alaotrensis. During this journey around the largest lake in Madagascar, one becomes aware of the critical state of conservation of the species and its habitat. Once the observation is made, the movie then switches to a succession of messages from actors working for the protection of lemurs. Researchers, heads of major institutions, politicians and local communities succeed each other in alerting public opinion and federating all the energies available to save the environment of Madagascar. Without pretense and realized with little means, the message of this small movie of 16 minutes does not leave us indifferent and urges us to question the future of our Country. The disappearance of lemurs, the emblem of the Biodiversity of Madagascar, umbrella species of our ecosystems, will undoubtedly be the premise for a very dark future here in Madagascar. Biodiversity is our main asset; An irrefutable assertion from the movie itself. What will remain then in Madagascar, whose dramatic economic situation is known to all, once it has lost its main wealth? What will remain for the future generations, in full population explosion, when the contributions of ecotourism, research and protection of the environment will no longer reach them? How will they survive a barren land, unable to provide ecosystem services and climate disasters? The picture is apocalyptic but it is well in the continuity of the movie. If we want to ensure a better future, we must consider the worst and react today accordingly. For this, the GERP will continue tirelessly to sensitize the Nation and the International Community on the urgency of the environmental situation of Madagascar. The protection of the environment will only be possible with the commitment of all; Government, International Community, private companies, Civil Society, People of Madagascar, all united to protect the environment and save future generations.
Fortunately, GERP could reach both hands meet to protect and preserve this lemur species in its natural habitat. Furthermore, in the hope that this modest cinematographic contribution will have the expected resonance, GERP would like to thank all its partners who have given their support for the production of this documentary especially the Environmental, Ecological and Forests Ministry, Margot Marsh, Houston Zoo, Durrell, Madagascar Wildlife & Conservation, Conservation International, Peace Corps and the local population.