Pedal Powered Cinema

GAFI Pedal Power

GAFI, in collaboration with Electric Pedals, have created the world’s first pedal-powered field cinema which was piloted during a tour of the Virunga Volcano region of Kisoro and Kabale in Southern Uganda.  GAFI’s Innovative Pedal-Powered Cinema roadshows are making a huge difference to the number of people who have access to our powerful films.

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Find out how pedal-power cinema works and what it can achieve for great apes here Our first pedal-powered roadshow couldn’t have gone better. The latest news relating to GAFI’s pedal-power road-show

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Pedal-Power in Action

“With a few bikes & bakpacks we can educate the most remote – & most important – communities about great ape conservation.”
The demand for our roadshows continues to grow. Find out how you can help the scheme expand. Video and pictures of pedal-power in action

GAFI, partnered with the Gorilla Organisation launched a brand new gorilla conservation project in Western Uganda; Africa’s very first pedal powered cinema for gorilla conservation. Conservation documentaries have been shown to school children and communities in some of the most rural villages on the edge of Mgahinga National Park.

Conservation education is now reaching remote communities, villages with no electricity who have never before been able to see films. In the three weeks in October 2010 that the project has been running 11,600 school children, 184 teachers, 110 soldiers and 46 park rangers, all living around the Ugandan gorilla habitats, have seen the films. That is a tremendous outcome for conservation education in Uganda. View “The Bike that helps Save Gorillas“.

Electric Pedals prototype of rucksack Pedal Powered Cinema.

After a couple of years of prototyping, Electric Pedals have developed a pedal powered field cinema that can be carried by one person in a rucksack and taken to the remotest regions of the planet to communicate using the power of film. The system weighs around 20kg and can be carried by one individual.

Update from Linda Nunn, Chair of “Gearing up 4 Gorillas” 28 May 2012

The pedal powered cinema will be an absolute boon to Virunga National Park, DR Congo. A cinema kit was delivered to Rumangabo, Park HQ, in March 2012.

Apart from being home to around a third of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga is probably the biologically diverse National Park in Africa and is a ‘World Heritage Site, in Danger’. The rangers of Virunga work tirelessly to protect the wildlife of Virunga and are committed to finding means to raise awareness and understanding amongst the youngsters that live in and around the Park.

The communities living around Virunga have no electricity and the children, nor their extended families, will have ever seen a film. The pedal powered cinema is predicted to screen conservation films to over 75,000 children in over 100 of these remote schools during it’s first year alone. The rangers aim to follow up these screenings with talks and guided educational sessions throughout Virunga NP, Africa’s oldest National Park. The number of extended family members who crowd around to take a look at the films through windows and doors would numbers in the 100’s of thousands over time.

Virunga will be making their own specific films focusing on the issues affecting the future of the Park such as poaching and the illegal charcoal trade. The pedal powered cinema provides the perfect means to take positive conservation messages out to remote and isolated communities. It’s also fun and interactive, with children hopping on and off the bike that powers the screenings

From having no effective means to communicate with the thousands of children and communities of Virunga, the rangers now have a simple, fun and very practical means of encouraging a much increased awareness and understanding of Virunga. That can only lead to much better informed and caring communities who understand that protecting the Parks habitats and wildlife will bring benefits to them both now aqnd long into the future.

After the first film screening at Rumangabo school (with 721 children) the pedal powered cinema was described by Park staff as ‘an awesome piece of kit’. A better endorsement would be hard to find……

Linda Nunn

Chair, Gearing Up 4 Gorillas