Blue Heart

Created on 08 November 2018

Center for Environment in cooperation with Bebi Art & Culture Center, Atlantis vcap
d.o.o. to host a screening of Patagonia’s Blue Heart in Kulen Vakuf, BiH
Venue Address: Gečet 13, Kulen Vakuf, 77206 BiH
Projection Date and Time: November 17, 6:00 pm
The entrance to the projection is free.


New documentary tells the story of the fight to protect the last wild rivers of Europe from

3,000 proposed hydropower projects

Sign the petition to tell international banks to stop investing in the destruction of Europe’s last

wild rivers.

Patagonia’s latest documentary film,​ Blue Heart​, depicts the fight to protect Europe’s last
wild rivers and brings international awareness to a potential environmental disaster in
Europe. The Balkan Peninsula between Slovenia and Albania is home to the last wild rivers
in Europe where more than 3,000 proposed hydropower projects threaten to destroy the
culture and ecology of this forgotten region. If fierce local opposition fails, 20,000 kilometers
of pristine sparkling creeks, raging tributaries and swift, braided currents of the last
undammed watersheds on the continent will be forever damaged by thousands of dams and
diversions—at a time when dams are being decommissioned throughout much of the
developed world.
Local activists living along the shores of these rivers and European NGOs such as
RiverWatch are fighting against government corruption and foreign investment. B​lue Heart
documents the battle to protect Albania’s Vjosa River, the largest undammed river in Europe;
the effort to save the endangered Balkan Lynx in Macedonia, and the months-long fight by
women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are protesting day and night to save their
community’s only source of drinking water.
“With the deluge of proposed hydropower dams and diversions in the Balkan Peninsula we
are looking at what could be irreversible environmental destruction, but there is very little
awareness of this issue in Europe or globally,” stated Ryan Gellert, Patagonia General
Manager, EMEA. “​ We hope that this film will bring international attention to the local
communities fighting to protect the free-flowing rivers they rely on and educate people about
why hydropower dams are an outdated, dirty technology.”

“I believe this wild place requires and deserves protection. To destroy it, especially for an
outmoded and expensive technology, is a waste of money and a moral travesty,” says ​Yvon
Chouinard, Patagonia, Inc. founder
Created by Patagonia, in partnership with NGOs from across the Balkan region and
throughout Europe and directed by Britton Caillouette, the film is a powerful moment in the
larger ongoing effort to raise global awareness for the S​ave the Blue Heart of Europe
campaign​. In the film and throughout the campaign, Patagonia asks people to act now and
sign an online petition to put pressure on foreign developers and banks, who are funding
dam-building projects, including within protected areas.
Blue Heart launches globally on 28 April 2018. The world premiere of the film was held at
Idbar Dam, ​Konjic​, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, followed by screenings across the Balkan
Peninsula and in major cities worldwide.
About Patagonia
Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor company based in Ventura,
California. A Certified B Corp, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no
unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental
crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product
quality and environmental activism, contributing $90 million to date in grants and in-kind
About the director
Britton Caillouette has been making films in the outdoors for over a decade. A student of
history with a keen eye for photography and a love for challenging production situations, he
brings a unique style of visual storytelling and humanity to his stories. Britton directed his first
documentary in war-torn West Africa while an undergraduate at Stanford University and has
won awards for his work in both film and advertising including a Cannes Lion.
About Bebi Art & Culture Center, Atlantis vcap
Bebi Art & Culture Center has been in existence since May 2015, as an unprofitable art
platform for ideas and opportunities for their realization. We are located in Kulen Vakuf, in
the middle of the National Park Una. The goal of our projects is to get close art to ordinary
people, positively surprise people with unselfish good work, spread positive attitude and
cooperation among people. In addition to art projects, the second focus of our work is
children and ecology.

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