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A Frontier in the Jungle

  • French Embassy 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

A Frontier in the Jungle

An extraordinary expedition in the French Guiana tropical forest

July 2 at 5:30pm

The event will start with the screening of the French documentary ‘A Frontier in the Jungle’ and will be followed by a discussion with two speakers: François-Michel Le Tourneau, the geographer that initiated this project, and Thomas E. Lovejoy, the ‘Godfather of Biodiversity’, U.S Science Envoy, in charge of wildlife and biodiversity conservation. A reception will then conclude the evening.

Event Details

When: Monday, July 2, 2018. From 5:00pm to 8:00pm
The screening starts at 5:30pm
Where: Embassy of France, at La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, 20007, Washington DC
Registration: The event is FREE, but a registration is needed.


5.00 – 5.30 pm: Doors open
5.30 – 5.40 pm: Introductory remarks by Minh-Hà Pham, Counselor for Science and Technology
5.40 – 6.00 pm: Movie presentation by Francois-Michel Le Tourneau
6.00 – 7.00 pm: Movie Screening
7.00 – 7.30 Panel Discussion
7.30 – 8.30 Reception at ‘La Maison Francaise‘


About the Movie

In 2015, three scientists accompanied by a group of French Foreign Legion soldiers explored the border between Brazil and French Guiana and used this opportunity to unveil a poorly known region of the Amazon.

The group hiked the border along more than 320 km. Surrounded by dense rainforest, isolated in a desert region, the mission took 6 weeks of harrowing walk through the jungle, during which each of the "seven stones" of the border was passed. Along the way, important data about the ecology and the history of the area have been collected.

The scientist who inspired the project and prepared the expedition is François-Michel Le Tourneau, deputy-director of a CNRS joint research unit located at the University of Arizona in Tucson. William Milliken an English botanist specialist of tropical flora and Guillaume Odonne, a French ethnobotanist were also part of the adventure.