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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Fri., Feb. 16 from 7 – 9 p.m., join us in Botany Hall Auditorium for a screening of Daughters of the Forest, a powerful, uplifting story of a small group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who attend a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves.
Set in the untamed wilds of the Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay, this intimate verité documentary offers a rare glimpse of a disappearing world where timid girls grow into brave young women even as they are transformed by their unlikely friendships with one another. Filmed over the course of five years, we follow the girls from their humble homes in indigenous villages through the year after their graduation to see exactly how their revolutionary education has and will continue to impact their future lives.
Post-film discussion will be led via Skype by Dr. Martin Burt the founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 33-year old nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. The Fundación Paraguaya was instrumental in creating the school featured in the film. Dr. Burt is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London with 3,000 members from 150 different countries that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He has also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service, he has served as chief of staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected mayor of Asunción, and was appointed vice minister of commerce. Dr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal government, poetry and education and has received numerous awards. He holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University Law School and is a visiting professor of social entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and distinguished visiting professor at University of California, Irvine.