Satoyama: Japan's Secret Forest Environmental Film Festival

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. For more information and the complete festival schedule, visit the EFF website.

In the mountains and hills of Japan, small communities surrounded by forests still exist, where wild nature is interwoven with human activity. These are Satoyama, places where people live quietly with their natural surroundings in the traditional manner.

Perhaps Satoyama seem quaint in the modern world, since these communities utilize centuries-old techniques of balancing daily life and nature, but they offer revelations about sustainable living in the future. Sir David Attenborough narrates this gorgeous NHK documentary about mountain villages with precious secrets to share with the world.

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