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Catalogue Number:  NFB531876
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Kent Martin, Lloyd Salomone
Directors:  Kevin W. Matthews
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Timber Colony Inc. (Fredericton)
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, French, Science, Social Issues, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  69m 44s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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The government of New Brunswick has handed the management of millions of acre of Crown land to six multinational corporations. In Forbidden Forest, we meet two very different men united by a passion to save the forest and to bring some of this public land under community control.

Jean Guy Comeau is an Acadian woodlot owner who fought his way out of poverty and retired after nearly 40 years in a pulp mill. Born to a wealthy family, Francis Wishart is a painter and winemaker with homes in France and New Brunswick.

Together, they travel to Finland--home of UPM-Kymmene, one of the largest licence holders of New Brunswick Crown lands--to urge company officials to practise responsible forestry. And they go head-to-head with the New Brunswick government in an effort to secure a new, community-based forestry policy--one that is environmentally sustainable and that produces more jobs than the highly capital-intensive, mechanized techniques used today.

Forbidden Forest is a tale of corporate greed, lax government oversight and people passionate about the places they love.

The DVD features a French and English language option.

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