Produced in coordination with the World Land Trust for the organization’s 30th Anniversary, Protecting the Heart of Mexico features renowned conservationists of Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo and Roberto Pedraza Ruiz.

A collaboration between award-winning filmmakers Kristin Gates, Jeremy Là Zelle and Claire Whittenbury, the short film debuted during Climate Week 2019 in New York City.

The film follows the story of a mother and son who, through shared hope and determination, have protected over 946,000 acres, conserving 15 different habitats including evergreen and deciduous tropical forest, shrubs and cacti, oak, pine and cloud forests. Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is owned and managed by WLT partner, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).

Executive Producers: Dan Bradbury & Claire Whittenbury