Series 17 | 12:00-2:00 pm
Our Oceans: A Journey of Discovery
We Are Abel
Our Ocean's: A Journey of Discovery | 90 minutes
Our oceans are in a state of crisis and we are the ones responsible for it. A team of scientists, divers and photographers set out on a journey of discovery along one of the longest and richest coastlines in the world. Along the way they unveil three incredible natural events to the world, whilst highlighting the impending threats and all the while promoting the protection of our oceans.
Children's Pool | 10 minutes
Short documentary is about the "The Children's Pool" which is a small sandy beach area located in La Jolla, California. The Children's Pool earned its name after the construction of a concrete breakwater in 1931. Today the small beach is a resting are for grey seals and sea lions, many of whom give birth and nurse their young on this spot. Unfortunately they are harassed by humans who believe the beach should be for only themselves and not wildlife.
We Are Abel | 10 minutes
When President Trump signed a shocking bill to allow oil development in Alaska’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Gwich’in Nation in Alaska and Canada mobilized.
For the Gwich’in, the Arctic Refuge is a culturally and spiritually important land that provides a key source of sustenance through the Porcupine caribou herd. Every year, the herd has migrated from the inner lands of Alaska and Canada to the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge to calve its young. Here the young caribou are less vulnerable to predators, but Trump's plan would put roads, air pads and oil infrastructure right in the middle of this safe haven.
Series 18 | 3:00-5:00 pm
The Boy From the Wild
Additional films TBA
Beyond Climate | 50 minutes
Narrated by David Suzuki, Beyond Climate explores the human and environmental impacts of climate change in British Columbia, and is a timely contribution to the province and country as we grapple with climate change, the paramount issue of our time.
The Boy from the Wild | 40 minutes
Producer & Director: Peter Meyer
Country: South Africa
Based on the International Bestseller on Amazon, "The Boy from the Wild", this Documentary is brought to you by the Author Peter Meyer. Growing up on a Game Reserve in South Africa that was created by his father, who had a dream to set up a Safari where Wildlife could get out of Captivity and back into the Wild, this documentary shares how it began and how Peter Meyer survived some incredible moments living in the Wild. It's moving, cinematically stunning and tells of a truly heartfelt story that has been silent for over 35 years.
Series 19 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Realm of Robber
*Panel discussion with multi Emmy Award winning Producer, David Hamlin
and Katie Frohardt, Executive Director of Wild Earth Allies
Realm of the Robber | 50 minutes
Realm of the Robber explores the untold story of Christmas Island’s iconic robber crabs. Whether it’s a gang battling over a coconut, or a solo rouge raiding a temple, these tyrants treat the island as their own personal playground.
Uncle Elephant | 5 minutes
When he was young, Tuy Sereivathana (Vathana) dreamed of working in the forest. Today his dream is realized in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Forest where Vathana conserves Asian elephants in collaboration with government partners and the indigenous Kuy community.
Cairngorm Reflections | 33 minutes
The Highlands of Scotland are world famous for their dramatic scenery and iconic wildlife species. but the truth is that Scotland is one of the most ecologically depleted nations on the planet. Wildlife filmmaker Mat Larkin spent a year documenting the nature around his home in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park, a region facing challenges in conservation, land management and a growing human population.
Series 20 | 8:30-10:30 pm
Birth of a Pride
The Hunt for Medals, Not Lions
Africa, amore mio
*Q&A with Bradley Schiefelbein, Editor of Stolen Apes
Birth of a Pride | 45 minutes
In Selinda, Botswana, lions had been hunted to near extinction but, thanks to conservation, the number of lions has grown from two to over sixty. Witness an incredible and heartwarming story of survival through the eyes of the lions that beat the odds. Follow six cubs as they navigate the world and learn to hunt, socialist and survive in the now flourishing wilderness.
Producer/Director: Annalisa Losacco
Country: Zambia | World Premiere
This documentary was filmed in Namibia and Zambia along the beautiful rivers the Zambezi and the Chobe. Annalisa and Eugenio Manghi witnessed how animal behaved in different seasons an on poaching pressure. They witnessed how some people and animals can live together with minimizing conflicts.
Stolen Apes | 18 minutes
After a sting operation in Bangkok for two trafficked Orangutans leave those accountable with no consequence, Daniel stiles, a detective in the illegal wildlife trade, thinks of new ways to combat illegal great ape trafficking.
The Hunt for Medals, not Lions | 10 minutes
Black Bean Productions team was able to document the Maasai Olympics. In the past, in Maasai culture, in order to become a Warrior young men had to kill a lion to prove their bravery. In response to the decrease in lion populations in the Amboseli-tsavo ecosystem, 8 Maasai elders approached the Big Life team to find a way to eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture, while still honoring Maasai traditions, and so the Maasai Olympics was created. This incredible initiative is so much more than just a sporting event and has found a way to ensure the long term survival of lions in this area by working together with local communities.