Programmation culturelle
Expositions | Rencontres | Concert | Projection
"The forests that make the weather"

Wednesday 6th October, 3pm at the Bibliothèque Arthur Rimbaud Library (Paris, 4th arrondissement)


The aim is to acknowledge the role forestsplay in climate through the concept of photosynthesis and evaporation.

Forests are said to play a role instabilising the climate... How do forests breathe ? How can they play a role ornot in the climate ? Through simple and fun scientific experiments, participants will come to understand and observe the role of forests in the natural watercycle (evaporation, capture), the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as environmental impacts linked to deforestation (modification of rainfall).

Do to understand, understand to act!

Les Petits Débrouillards is a popular education and scientific mediation organisation established in 1986. It promotes knowledge acquisition and building critical thinking for all, taking the approach of using experimentation as an educational tool. From climate change to digital revolutions via the deconstruction of prejudices, it deals with societal issues and participates in educating the citizens of today and tomorrow.

The workshop will focus particularly on raising awareness of the Congo’s forests: the forests of the Congo Basin in Central Africa make up the second largest tropical forest after the Amazon rainforest and are one of the last reserves of biodiversity where primary forests are interconnected and permit biological mechanisms to operate undisturbed. But due to the overexploitation of wood, in particular by foreign companies, deforestation is large-scale and causes a decrease in biodiversity.

"The Baka pygmies: what is the future in the face of socio-environmental changes?"

7th October, 7pm at the Bibliothèque du Cinéma François Truffaut film library (Paris, 1starrondissement)


The meeting is moderated by Vincent Edin, journalist and host of the podcast “Pour que nature vive” (Let Nature Live), produced by the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN).

In 2013, Laurent Maget made a documentaryfilm on the Baka pygmies, a semi-nomadic population of hunter-gatherers, faced with the shifts of social and environmental changes in the Lomié region. He followed a multidisciplinary team including Fernando Victor Ramirez Rozzi, anthropologist biologist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research(CNRS), and Alain Froment, doctor and anthropologist at the French Research Institute for Development (IRD), who collected data for six years to study the growth of Baka groups. These studies enabled them to construct a concept of human ecology based on both cultural adaptation and genetic adaptation. They are also studying the difficult transition faced by these populations who are seeing their traditions disappear through a process of sedentarization and the arrival of development projects, and the appearance of problems such as alcoholism and their rejection by other populations (Bantu, etc.). In 2021, where does the life of the Baka fit in with this transitional environment?

Meeting with:

Laurent Maget. First and foremost a setdirector who worked with famous monuments for 20 years (The Solar Mount and the Night Shows at the Mont Saint Michel, the Médiévales de Carcassonne, the Luna Collioure, etc.). Laurent Maget joined the CNRS in 2002 and then the Museum of Mankind (Musée de l’Homme) as an anthropologist filmmaker, notably developing abody of films around the difficult "entry into modernity" of the indigenous populations (Pygmies) of the forests of the Congo Basin.

Marine Robillard, doctor of environmental anthropology from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and holder of a master’s degree in spatial planning and ecology, specialises in issues of social and cultural risk management and environmental governance. Since 2006,she has worked on projects related to indigenous people in Africa and is aco-founder of AnthropoLinks. Since 2008, she has also been a member and expert of the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) on indigenous issues in Central Africa.

Romain Duda conducts anthropological research in Africa. He has pursued several lines of research in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, spending time amongst different “indigenous” or “Pygmy” (Baka, Aka, Twa) hunter-gatherer communities. Working with the Baka of Cameroon, he analysed human-animal relationships andthe evolution of socio-cultural aspects related to hunting and conservation policies. In 2018, he worked as a freelance researcher in Likouala (NorthCongo) to offer tailored and innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare for the Aka and knowledge of their rights.

"Congo in conversation" part two

From 5th to 31st October 2021 in the Tour Saint-Jacques square (Paris, 4th arrondissement)


The winner of the 11th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award presents a collaborative online report, produced in close cooperation with Congolese journalists and photographers based in various cities of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Created during the peak of the COVID-19pandemic, the exhibition details the realities faced by the Congo, covering subjects as varied as health, lockdown, the informal economy, artisticproduction, businesses, the difficulties of accessing water, but also attacksby armed militias and violations of human rights and the environment.

“Human “Pygmy” forests, Aka and Baka in the world of the future"

From 1st to 31st October 2021 at The Parc des Buttes Chaumont (Paris, 20th arrondissement)

Tropical forests are facing the full force of changes in the globalised world, and with them, so too are its inhabitants - "Pygmies" - as we referto them from afar. The term is one that encompasses a diverse range of societies but a single unknown fate: how do you keep your connection to the forest alive when it no longer really belongs to you ?

Since 2012, eco-anthropologist Romain Dudahas been observing the changes at work in the hunter-gatherer communities of the Baka in Cameroon and the Aka in the Republic of Congo. In the form of a black and white photo story, he illustrates the daily lives of women, men and children for whom the sharing of resources, happiness and dances is their social glue, and the forest their world.

The exhibition can be viewed along the railings of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

PhotogrAfrique "Wild in the City"

 From 16th September to 8thNovember 2021 at the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil (Paris, 16tharrondissement)


Sponsored by director Gilles de Maistre and supported by the City of Paris and the One Voice association, the Wild in the City project is a multi-sensory photography exhibition of forest fauna in tropical greenhouses.