Jacob Andrén, an ordinary young man, is thinking back upon his days in primary school. He is wondering about what happened to all those trees that he and his classmates bought after raising money on a flea market. They received a certificate, he recalls. But that was almost 20 years ago.
Did their effort really make a difference?
Jacob decides to investigate the case, and he starts looking for the old certificate but it is hard to trace. While searching, he is told that another 400,000 Swedish kids have bought rainforest as well, and even more kids in other countries.
But what defines a rainforest, really? And what threats are they facing today, compared to 20 years ago? And most importantly: Is the forest still there? And in that case: Where? These questions arise, and he wants to find the answers.
Jacob manages to find his old teacher from primary school, who locates his forest in Costa Rica. She tells him that the forest was said to be protected forever, but she is only a teacher and cannot promise him that it is still there. This is when Jacob decides to go tracing his trees.
This film gives people knowledge of the rain forest and shows that one human can indeed make a change. This is a different, amusing and vivid film about the journey and its consequences, about being an ordinary, unwitting person who dares to make a difference.
I bought a rainforest shows that individual action can make a difference, it is at the same time a reflection on the freedom of childhood and about using that inspiration to make a change.
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