05.07.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

Documentary film about Polana Biosphere Reserve receives award at Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles

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Polana, a short documentary film about the Polana Biosphere Reserve in Slovakia, received the award for Best Foreign Documentary Short at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards on 30 June 2016. The festival celebrates creative work from around the world.

Directed by Lubomír Viluda and Ivan Kršiak, the documentary film shows how the Polana Biosphere Reserve acts as an example of sustainability, promoting a harmonious relationship between people and nature.

The documentary film was first presented at the World Congress of Biosphere Reserve in Lima, Peru in March 2016.

In an interview with News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR), the administrator of the Polana Biosphere Reserve, Ms Lucia Minova, explained that the site represents a unique area in the heart of Slovakia and that in recent years it has been considered a symbol of cooperation, highlighting the mutual respect among its stakeholders.

Mysterious niches, rock monuments, massive remnants of ancient volcanic activity, woods and forests characterize this biosphere reserve, as well as a sincere joy and pride especially among those who live in this charming area, said Ms Minova.

The Polana Biosphere Reserve was designated in 1990. The Slovak Republic has three other biosphere reserves including Slovenský Kras, Tatra Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, which is shared between Poland and Slovakia, and the East Carpathians Transboundary Biosphere Reserve which is shared between Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

To date, the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserve includes 669 biosphere reserves from 120 countries.

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