About Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country in South America that straddles the equator, from which it takes its name. It has an area of 256,370 square kilometers and is bordered by Colombia to the north and Peru to the east and south. The Pacific Ocean, with its spectacular coastline, lies to the west, and the scenic, high altitude Andes mountain range runs north-south along the center of the country.

Ecuador is a diverse country, and its microclimates support a huge range of biodiversity, with abundant flora and fauna. It has four different climatic regions: the Pacific coastal area, the Andean highlands, the Amazon basin, and the Galápagos Islands, which are some of the most spectacular and beautiful islands in the world.

The capital city, Quito, is situated 2800 meters above sea level in the province of Pichincha. Quito is a very beautiful city, full of contrasts. Some of the buildings in Quito are more than four hundred years old, and UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in the 1970s for having the best preserved and least altered historic city center in Latin America. Quito is located at the foot of the Pichincha volcano, around the hill of Panecillo, where ancient civilizations erected the magnificent Temple al Sol, or Inti. Other important cities include Guayaquil, which has a busy harbor and Cuenca, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spanish is the official language, and it is spoken by more than 90% of the population, but indigenous languages like Kichwa and Shuar are still widely spoken. There are other smaller indigenous languages, but Kichwa and Shuar are the most common, and they are beginning to be used more frequently in everyday life. The population is 40% indigenous, 40% Hispanic mestizos, 15% white and 5% black or of African descent. But, despite all these differences, are all Ecuadorian, from whatever background they may come, proud to be people of their country, their identity and their traditions. Ecuador is an especially diverse country, one can visit, within one single province, communities with very distinct food, clothing, festivals and faiths.

Ecuador has an impressive range of flora and fauna, especially birds and orchids; it is famous for its very unique species.

For this project, La Cinta Corta proposes to show short films along a route that integrates three regions of Ecuador: the coastline, the Andes, and the Amazon. In particular, we will approach communities that have not until now had the opportunity to welcome this kind of visual screenings and training programs.

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