KCETLink Presents CCTV America's New Environmental Documentary, 'Tipping Point: The Amazon' | KCET
KCETLink Presents CCTV America's New Environmental Documentary, 'Tipping Point: The Amazon'
BURBANK, Calif. - May 21, 2014 - KCETLink, the national
independent transmedia network, presents TIPPING POINT: THE AMAZON, a new documentary from CCTV America, the American division of China Central
Television, exploring the survival of the Amazon amidst Brazil's rapid economic
growth. The film will premiere on KCET (Southern California) on June 6, 2014 at
9 p.m. PT and on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) on June 7 at 8
South America's largest nation,
Brazil, is home to the world's largest tropical rain forest. The Amazon River Basin holds 20% of the
world's freshwater and produces 20% of its oxygen - it plays a major role in
stabilizing the earth's ecosystem, but that balance is shifting. Production and profit for a fast-growing
economy jeopardizes the preservation of Amazonia.
TIPPING POINT: THE AMAZON follows CCTV America correspondent Sean Callebs across the Amazon from
Macapa to Manaus, as well as from Altamira to Parauapebas to reveal the people
and the eco-system that supports them.
Callebs examines the construction of the extraordinary Belo Monte Dam on
the Xingu River in the state of Pará, during an extensive month-long
investigation in late 2013, where he meets with governors, industrialists,
eco-warriors and ordinary people about the condition of region. He also profiles the Kayapo people and even
meets a giant anaconda.
The film was shot by award-winning videographer Andrew
Smith, who also served as editor for which he was awarded first place in the
television magazine editing category at the National Press Photographers
Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism Video
Photography and Video Editing contest.
Callebs is a veteran correspondent who joined CCTV
America in 2012 after 20 years as a correspondent for CNN.
KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link
Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that
provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the
public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment
to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and
opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the
world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported
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ABOUT CCTV America
CCTV America began producing unique programming in the
Americas about the Americas in February 2012.
CCTV America is a division of CCTV News, a global English language news
channel that reaches some 85 million viewers in more than 100 countries and
territories. The channel reaches 35 million viewers in North America. Channel distribution includes COMCAST -273 in
Washington DC and Time Warner 134 in New York. Nationally it can be seen on the
Dish Network 279.