A DOCUMENTARY created by a Lyme Regis reforestation charity and narrated by Kate Winslet is set to be screened at the Marine Theatre on Wednesday, October 2.

#TreesAreTheKey is a collaboration between filmmaker Tim Tyson Short and the Dorset-based Word Forest Organisation, which works in Kenya to plant new trees, build schools in the surrounding communities and empower children and villagers to take care of the plants. The charity also works to relieve poverty and improve conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

The 40-minute documentary will explore how a combination of planting trees in the tropics and taking care of the people who tend the forests is helping to clean the air we breathe in Dorset and all over the world.

Tim Tyson Short has worked in the film industry for three decades, producing works for broadcasters and developmental organisations worldwide. In February 2019, Tim accompanied a small team of volunteers from the Word Forest Organisation to Boré in Kenya, where they performed annual monitoring and evaluation tasks alongside conducting preliminary research on future school locations.

While there, Tim captured remarkable stories from the people of the region and simultaneously charted the success of the women's empowerment group, Mothers of the Forest, which works to address social isolation and depression amongst women in the community.

The premiere of #TreesAreTheKey at the Marine Theatre will be a fundraiser for the Word Forest Organisation, with every ticket purchased resulting in the planting of one tree and the purchase of building materials needed for a new school in rural Kenya.

Following the screening, Tim and members of the team who travelled to Kenya will be hosting a Q&A session, giving the audience a clearer insight into the challenges the community face on a daily basis, living on the frontline of climate change.

After the premiere, the documentary will be available online, and the Word Forest Organisation is encouraging community screenings in village halls and schools across the country. For more information about the charity and the documentary, visit www.wordforest.org.

The premiere of #TreesAreTheKey will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 in advance, available from the Marine Theatre website or box office, or £9 on the door.