Nature film

Lost kings of Bioko

Year of production: 2019
Duration: 56’
Directed by: Oliver Goetzl
Country of origin: Germany
Language: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and surrounded by dark ocean waters, inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth this terra incognita is called BIOKO. The ruler of this realm is one of the world’s least known primate species, the drill. Historically revered, indigenous folklore tells us of a drill king who ruled the island’s forests, a place where drills still play a critical role in the health of an ecosystem known to scientists as a biodiversity hotspot. Bordering this kingdom is the black sand coastline, an ancient nesting ground for giant sea turtles and home to natural wonders. This film explores the secret lives of drills and their mysterious island home as we follow a family group and a newborn who discovers this tropical paradise with all its challenges for the first time.

Species per aquam – Biodiversity between the Ticino Valley and the Alps

Year of production: 2019
Duration: 13’
Directed by: Marco Tessaro
Country of origin: Italy
Language:English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

The upper Ticino Valley is blessed with numerous protected areas. But protection cannot be achieved through titles alone: in-depth scientific knowledge is crucial to understanding the ecological value of an area and the extent of the threats it faces. The Species per Aquam project has acquired this knowledge and translated it into practical environmental improvement efforts.

Gainda – A Conservation Story

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 14’
Directed by: Supunya Devavrata
Country of origin: India
Language: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

A film on the Greater One-horned Indian Rhinoceros, Gainda is an exclusive insight into the life of Rhinos in Assam. A story that highlights the lives of Rhinos, the natural & man-made problems faced by the species, and what goes into conserving the heritage animal of Assam. The film breathes life into the essence of conservation by showcasing what it takes to survive in the wild. Through the lives of Rhinos, we understand the importance of conserving this species and to try to comprehend the complexities that characterize human-animal relationships.

Sockeye Salmon. Red fish

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 51’
Directed by: Dmitriy Shpilenok , Vladislav Grishin
Country of origin: Russian Federation
Language:Russian| Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to freshwaters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!

The Future of Flight

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 52’
Directed by: Larissa Klinker
Country of origin: Germany
Language: German| Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Flying is bad for the climate. Yet passenger numbers are increasing year by year. How can we combine environmental protection and our need for mobility? Do we need new aircraft and new aviation fuels – or should we simply fly less? We want to find answers to these questions and ask aircraft manufacturers, scientists, and transport experts about the future of aviation.

The Camargue, a fragile raft

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 55’
Directed by: Thierry Gentet
Country of origin: France
Language: French | Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Will the inhabitants of the Camargue be the first European climate refugees? To learn more, we place our camera between the Petit Rhône and the sea, between dunes and pine forests, mudflats, and lagoons, at the Manade Raynaud, emblematic of the Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer city, which looks like the end of the world and where we already see climate changes.

Zimbrul

Year of production: 2019
Duration: 10’
Directed by: Emmanuel Rondeau
Country of origin: France
Language: Romanian| Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Few species symbolize the state of nature conservation in Europe as vividly as the European bison. Nearly extinct in the last century, it was rescued by passionate conservationists from the last animals in captivity, and although it is now benefiting from a growing environmental awareness, the European bison is still not out of danger and remains virtually unknown to the general public. Home to some of the very last pristine ecosystems in Europe, Romania is currently at a crossroads where decisions have to be taken in the apparent conflict between economic development and nature development. The successful project of Bison reintroduction in the southern part of the country could not only change the life of locals and their relationship with nature but set the whole country in the right direction for decades to come.

On Thin Ice

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 52’
Directed by: Henry M. Mix, Boas Schwarz
Country of origin: Germany
Language: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Russia. Roughly two-thirds of the Arctic belongs to the world’s largest country. For the first time, scientists from all over the world are beginning to explore this huge area and what they find is alarming. Enormous layers of permafrost are thawing out and revealing remains of the ancient Siberian megafauna. Hundreds of scary-looking holes are blasting off from the deep exhaling methane, which has 80 times stronger greenhouse effects than carbon dioxide. Rivers loose water and large dunes in dry riverbeds make parts of Central Siberia look like the Sahara. Forest fires are rushing over the taiga every year and the once ice-locked Northeast Passage becomes navigable. In the Russian Arctic, climate change is not a question anymore. It is happening, now and at a worrying pace. Scientists say that the tipping point was reached already years ago. Now, Pandora’s box has been opened. The fate of people and wildlife is at stake as is the entire Arctic.

Ledeno kraljevstvo snežnog leoparda
The Frozen Kingdom of the Snow Leopard

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 52’
Directed by: Frédéric Larrey
Country of origin: France
Language: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Set in the remote mountains of China and Tibet, this film follows the perilous existence of a female snow leopard and her two young, who are less than a year old, in a valley of stunning beauty with a dazzling diversity of wildlife. Two photographer brothers came upon this lost valley in 2016 and were amazed to find it home to a dense population of snow leopards in a relatively small territory. Their discovery led to this exceptional film about an elusive big cat that is rarely caught on camera.

Auspice

Year of production: 2019
Duration: 14’
Directed by: Elena Goatelli, Angel Esteban
Country of origin: Italy
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Since ancient times, the observation of the flight of birds is used to read the present and discover the future. Every year Francesca, a scientist and ornithologist, analyses and studies the migrating birds flying through the Brocon Pass ringing station in the Italian Dolomites, showing us that today, more than ever, our survival depends on our ability to understand the message the birds bring to us.

Hearthwood

Year of production: 2019
Duration: 60’
Directed by: Stefano Petroni
Country of origin: Italy
Language: English, Spanish | Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

A young Italian activist visits ancient cultures in Latin America to learn how to stop the spread of agricultural destruction and in the process, his life is changed forever.

Queens of Orango

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 52’
Directed by: Raúl Bueno Herrera
Country of origin: Spain
Language: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

Na jugozapadu Gvineje Bisao postoje neka ostrva na kojima žive vrlo posebni ljudi, Bissago. Šta je to što ih čini tako posebnim? Nije činjenica da žive u ravnoteži i u skladu sa spektakularnom prirodom koja ih okružuje, uzimajući sa kopna ili mora samo ono što im je potrebno za preživljavanje. Nije ni njihova duboka animistička duhovnost koja njihov život obeležava obredima za sticanje znanja svojih predaka. Ono što ih čini toliko posebnim je to što je u društvu Bissago žena glavna junakinja. Kroz njihove živote i načine gledanja upoznaćemo najistaknutije i najuobičajenije aspekte ovog matrijarhalnog društva, toliko različitog, ne samo od zapadnog načina života, već od ostatka Afrike i gotovo svih drugih kultura na Planeti.

23.5°: Rhythm of the Earth

Year of production: 2020
Duration: 55’
Directed by: Philgon Choi
Country of origin: South Korea
Language: Korean | Subtitles: English
The Film is not suitable for people under 12

If the earth was tilted by less than 23.5°, the equator would become hotter as North and South poles would become colder. Polar ice would gradually expand greatly increasing the area of the Antarctic and Arctic. Conversely, if greater than 23.5°, the glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic would melt and freeze again every year, causing repeated flooding. The equator would be so cold it could be covered in glaciers and sea. The perfect tilt, neither too large nor small, gifts us with a miracle rhythm.