Monday, October 21

Series 13 | 12:00-2:00 pm

Voices from Sacred Mountains

Rooted the Hollow Heart

The Secret Lives of Humpbacks

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.

The Secret Lives of Humpbacks | 45 minutes

Producer/Director: Andrew Stevenson
Country: Bermuda | World Premiere

A documentary that brings awareness, educates and inspires. The film provides a unique window into the lifestyle of humpback whales and their annual ocean migration. The beauty of Bermuda and its marine life take center stage, high lighting the importance of protecting the environment and its treasures. Knowledge brings power to the viewers to build a legacy for for future generations.

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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.

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Series 14 | 3:00-5:00 pm
I am Lion
The Meadow


I am Lion | 90 minutes

Producers/Directors: Jurgen , Tarina and Michael Jozefowicz
Country: Botswana
World Premier

I AM LION will change the way you look at lions and at the natural world.

This powerful, emotionally engaging and intellectually stimulating game-changer of a
documentary is the first to explore consciousness in lions. It weaves in a grounded and factual narrative with feeling and awe-inspiring footage,and really shows what it is like to be a lioness.

The film takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster ride through human history and perception as a young lioness. born in a cage and with no lion role models to learn from, slowly gains the knowledge and understanding to navigate her way through captivity, contact with a human, and her own experiences in the natural world, to fulfil her own innate potential in a unique quest for individual independence.
A remarkable film with a remarkable story, which unfolds in many different directions, I Am Lion sits at a crossroads of cognition, animal behaviour, consciousness, psychology, and neuroscience, neuropsychology, and succeeds in making complex concepts accessible to a broad and varied audience.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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Series 16 | 8:30-10:30 pm

The Bat and the Agave

River of Raptors

INDICIT - Marine Litter Impact on Sea Turtles

*Panel discussion with Eréndira Hernández, Pablo Garcia Saldana  and Kasmir Wolf

The Bat and the Agave | 30 minutes

Director: Frank Sanjom | Medios31 Productions
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.

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INDICIT - Marine Litter Impact on Sea Turtles
30 minutes

Producer: Raffaella Piermarini
Director: Marco Pisapia
Country: Italy | World Premiere

The European project INDICT uses Caretta Caretta sea
turtles as indicators of the impact of plastics on
Mediterranean animals. The Caretta Caretta are widely
spread in various habitats and have the characteristic
of ingesting marine litter. INDICIT (Implementation
Of Indicators Of Marine Litter On Sea Turtles And Biota
in Regional Sea Conventions and Marine Strategy Framework
Directive Areas),is a two year project,funded by the
European Union. The consortium, composed of researchers
from 7 different countries, is committed to support the
implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework
Directive (MSFD) and other international environmental
policies aiming at protecting the marine environment
(especially the Barcelona convention, the OSPAR convention, the HELCOM etc.)

 

 

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