Hero Theatre and Hero Multimedia have launched “Nuestro Planeta,” a multimedia new works initiative that focuses on educating Latinx film and theater audiences about environmental justice within the Americas.
“Through industrialization, migration and globalization, some of our most vulnerable communities now find themselves at the epicenter of the climate crisis, with little memory of their once harmonious connection to nature and no understanding of how to lessen their own human impact,” Hero Theatre Advisory Board Member Judith Bauerlein said.
A series of films and plays that center on the relationship between Latinx communities and the earth, “Nuestro Planeta” will focus on specific countries in Latin America, beginning with Colombia.
“Colombia is the second most biodiverse country on the planet. It’s exciting for us to begin there, because we don’t see many Colombian stories, especially on the stage,” said Elisa Bocanegra, Hero Theatre producing artistic director and Hero Multimedia co-founder. The first segment of “Nuestro Planeta” will be devised and directed by Bocanegra and written by Colombian playwright Diana Burbano.