Monday, October 21

Series 13 | 12:00-2:00 pm

Voices from Sacred Mountains

Do Rhinos have a future

Rooted the Hollow Heart

*Q&A with Catherine Gropper

Voices from Sacred Mountains | 12 minutes

Producer: Alejandro Parellada
Director: Fernando Cola
Country: Colombia | North America Premiere

Indigenous communities livelihood in Colombia is threatened as they are struggling to keep their ancestral territory. The Arhuaco peoples have organized themselves and are making a last stand to prevent more mining concessions in their territory and create sustainable development.

High up in the mountains of Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta in the north of Colombia, the settlements from the Arhuaco peoples are located. Having already had to flee once in their history. When the Spanish conquerors arrived, they chose to live in this remote and difficult to access location in the hope of being able to live undisturbed and in accordance with their cultural beliefs. However, external forces are once again threatening to destroy their ways of living, as the mountains are rich in minerals and the ecosystem is fragile to climate change.

Do Rhinos have a future | 25 minutes

Producer: Andrew Tkach
Director: Hetal "Teeku" Patel
Country: Kenya | World Premiere

In 1970, Kenya was home to 20,000 Eastern Black Rhinos. By 1989, only 400 rhinos were left. They were killed for their horns, which are prized in Asia for folk medicine. Even though there is no scientific proof that the raw material of both rhino horns and human fingernails has any medicinal value, a kilo of rhino horn keratin fetches $60,000 on the black market. Conservationists say that the only way to save rhinos from extinction is to create secure habitats for them to live and breed. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which started with only four black rhinos in 1988, is now home to one hundred and fourteen. Each of Ol Pejeta's rhinos is protected by rangers and armed guards at a cost of $10,000 / year. But this expense is part of a comprehensive business plan where wildlife protection has to pay its own way.


Rooted - The Hollow Heart | 48 minutes

Producer: Barend Van Der Watt
Executive Producers: Dereck & Beverly Joubert
Country:  Zimbabwe
North America Premiere

This is the incredible story of a tree that has been around for Eight hundred years… that can withstand the harshest conditions. and that is more loved by insects, birds and animals than any other… the enormous Baobab, Rooted on the savannah in Zimbabwe. Baobabs are trees that can withstand extreme drought by storing water in their trunks. This makes them a valuable commodity for elephants during the drier seasons, which breaks off pieces of the tree, which they will eat, damaging the Baobab. Fortunately Baobabs have the ability to heal them selves over time. This is how the tree with “The Hollow Heart” came to be.

The Baobab hosts and supports a variety of insects, birds and mammals. Small birds like Buffalo weavers and Bee-eaters build their nests in the branches of baobabs, while larger birds, like the endangered White-backed Vulture will build their nest in forks on top of the tree. In the tree’s trunk, families of Squirrels, Hornbills and Woodpeckers take up residency. In spring, Giraffe and various species of antelope will browse on baobab leaves.


Tents of God | 13 minutes

Catherine Gropper, Producer
Country: USA | World Premiere

TENTS of GOD reveals what happens to a community and to wetlands when a disaster hurricane hits ! Superstorm Sandy’s devastation on Staten Island surrendered beach neighborhoods helpless . Through interviews with New Dorp families , Reverend Terry Troia and Lisa Oz the director and producer Catherine Gropper shares their stories . She also learns that overdevelopment on marshlands causes catastrophe for animals and wildlife , also displaced . Today , six years later the filmmaker identifies the return of wildlife to their natural habitat as neighbors have their homes bought back by government . Building on wetlands has its price to pay !


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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 14 | 3:00-5:00 pm

The Secret Life of Frogs

Amboseli Elephants

The Meadow 

Voces de la Selva


The Secret Life of Frogs | 54 minutes

Producer/Director: Ajay and Vijay Bedi
Country: India | World Premiere

Deep in the swampy rainforests of India, live tiny creatures as old as dinosaurs. Sadly, more than 80% of the 400 species of amphibians found in India are endangered. Some have not been seen in years and yet still a mystery to science. A wildlife filmmaker and photographer Vijay Bedi is on a 3 year long quest to film from behavioral facts hitherto unknown to science. On this journey, Bedi captures species that have their own unique story to tell - a frog that uses dance moves to seduce its mate, another that does a headstand, or the "potter frog" that gently encases his eggs in clay to protect from predators. Documenting for the first time the entire life cycle of the highly endangered, rare purple frog that emerges from the underground for just one day a year to breed.


Amboseli Elephants | 25 minutes

Producer/Director: Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Country: Kenya | World Premiere

Wildlife Warriors is a television series to showcase Africa’s amazing wildlife and to shine a light on the people who are fighting to save it. In this episode Dr. Paula Kahumbu goes to Amboseli National Park in Kenya to learn about elephants from Wildlife Warriors Norah Njiraini and Katito Saiyalel of Amboseli Trust for Elephants. There are 1600 elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem. Each one is known by name.

The Meadow | 30 minutes

Producer & Director: Yakiv Antypenko
Country: Ukraine | North America Premiere

The film "Great Meadow" is a film about a unique region in Eastern Ukraine. There are almost no regions where wildlife exists in an untouched state. Currently, the national park "Great Meadow" is a strictly protected area, inhabited by rare species of birds and plants. 

Until today, there has never been a shooting. And as part of the latest scientific expeditions worked cameraman. The film was created, filmed and edited entirely by one person, without attracting investment, except for the author's own funds. The film is amateur and was shooting on DSLR camera. 

This is the first film about the wildlife of Ukraine.In he process of shooting which valuable scientific facts were collected and analyzed. Shooting of this film during in the most active phase of the hostilities in Ukraine. 

The theme of politics and war prevails in Ukrainian media and cinema. The films about the wild nature of the region have never been filmed and has not planned to be shot. This film will remain the only one perhaps. Problem of poaching is an acute in The national park, this problem was not showed in the film, because the poacher is one of the congressman of Ukraine and his family. Talking about this problem is dangerous for the director. The camera doesn't shoot the hunting hunt from which these people shoot birds. The film shows the natural environment without people, and without a people does not affect the environment, it is self-sufficient and valuable. 

Voces de la Selva | 15 minutes

Producer: Juan Carlos Serio Silva
Director: Jorge Ramos Luna
Country:  | World Premiere

Wildlife conservation is a community effort. After the loss of Lolo, former manager of the Primatological Research Station of Balancan, Tabasco, his family and a group of conservationists undergo the task of revitalizing the site and kickstart a collective dream of conservation, to protect the Black Howler Monkey.



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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 15 | 6:00-8:00 pm

In Praise of Slow, Monique and the Sloths

African Drivers-Lion Light Story

The Carbon Farmer

*Panel discussion with Hector Salgado and Diana Soto.
** Special guest, Richard Turere, Maasai Warrior and Founder of "Lion Light"

In Praise of Slow, Monique and the Sloths | 52 minutes

Producer & Director: Philippe Mac Gaw | Pronto Productions.
Country: Suriname | World Premiere

In the smallest country of South America, Suriname hosts a rich and diverse biodiversity with the most dense forest vegetation of any county in the world. Yet the country's wildlife is threaten by deforestation and mining. Monique Pool is the Founder of Sloth Rescue and has dedicated her life to rescuing these animals that are in distress form human interference, from deforestation, and the pet trade.



African Drivers-Lion Light Story | 25 minutes

Producer: Hector Salgado
Dime Cositas Films
Country: Kenya | World Premiere

This documentary talk about the Maasai community and a 13 year old boy, who is the inventor of Lion Lights. Richard Turere has changed the communities to conserve and preserve the wildlife and landscape. Narrated from the point of view from a safari driver, hooking you up instantly to the best and unique moments of the people of Africa. The new generation of young people in Kenya play a big role in the present to conserve and protect nature.


The Carbon Farmer | 10 minutes

Producer & Director: Andy Farmer
Country: United Kingdom
North America Premiere

In a healthy future peatland landscape, a ‘carbon farmer’ describes the work that his family has done on their moor for generations, and the multitude of benefits to society and wildlife that his healthy peat moor helps to support.

No element, however, is more powerful than the carbon element of the peatland. When his forebears started ‘carbon farming’, the moor was a potent source of greenhouse gasses exacerbating climate change. Now, after a couple of generations of restoration, the moor is an active carbon sink, helping to mitigate the wider impacts of climate change through ecosystem stability and the provision of
ecosystem services. For ‘The Carbon Farmer’ though, this is his moor. It is who he is, and it is a part of everything.


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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 16 | 8:30-10:30 pm

The Bat and the Agave

River of Raptors

Holbox Island

A Love Song for the Desert

*Panel discussion with Dr. Nadia Rubio, Tiffany Deater, Eréndira Hernández, Pablo Garcia Saldana and Kasmir Wolf

The Bat and the Agave | 30 minutes

Medios31 Productions
Director: Frank Sanjom
Executive Producer: Rodolfo Suarez
Country: Mexico
North America Premiere

A river of birds seems to be forming in the sky of Veracruz, Mexico, the autumn migration has started. The largest concentration of birds of prey on the planet is seen here and a group of scientists and volunteers from around the world monitor this spectacular event. All to get the necessary information to guide the conservation of raptors in North America.

River of Raptors | 25 minutes

Executive Producer: Rodolfo Suarez
Producer/Director: Eréndira Hernández
Country: Mexico | World Premiere

A river of birds seems to be forming in the sky of Veracruz, Mexico, the autumn migration has started. The largest concentration of birds of prey on the planet is seen here and a group of scientists and volunteers from around the world monitor this spectacular event. All to get the necessary information to guide the conservation of raptors in North America.


Holbox Island | 15 minutes

Producer: Dr. Nadia Rubio
Country: Mexico | World Premiere

Holbox Island was a small fishing town where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet. Nowadays, it is a hotspot for global tourism and faces human overcrowding, overfishing, and accelerated tourism development as other small islands throughout the world. Holbox Humans and Nature narrates short stories related to Holbox's landscapes. These were documented during our research journey on the history of fishing in the region. Through these stories, we aim to generate social awareness for the conservation of islands and their natural capital for future generations.

A Love Song for the Desert | 15 minutes

Tiffany Deater, Producer/Director
University of Oswego (SUNY)
World Premiere
Synopsis: TBA



$15 in advance | $20 at the door

Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival