Producer & Director: Shatabdi Chakrabart Country: India | World Premiere
Listeners of the Wind- The Pardhi story, is a short documentary on the Pardhi community, a forest dwelling people, living in the jungles of Central India. The Pardhis are traditionally hunters and were used extensively by Kings and Britishers. However, after the British left India, the Pardhis were denounced as a tribe and were stuck in a viscous cycle of crime. Today the younger generation has given up hunting and work as wildlife conservationists using their age old knowledge to preserve the forests and live a a sustainable lifestyle.
Producer: Geoff SpannerCountry: Australia | World Premiere
A journey through the astonishing Desert Wetlands of Central Australia. One of only two remaining wild desert river systems left on Earth, its value is beyond precious. Filmed over several years, this film explores the natural cycles of life and death in this land of boom or bust. The importance of the Desert Wetlands on a global scale cannot be overstated. It is not well known however even among those that live in bordering regions. This film attempts to show the natural wonder of an environment that is globally almost gone. We still can save Australia’s Desert Rivers, but there is little time left.
Producer: Michael Thau and Dan Witt. Executive Producer & Director: Dr. Alex M. AzmiCountry: USA World Premiere
This heartwarming, sometimes heart-wrenching cinematic documentary will draw you into a world the likes of which you have never seen. A fascinating society of Gibbons and their Guardians in a remote Conservation Center. Adversity will test the Center's resolve, yet the fun and joy of these singing apes- especially Violet, will capture your soul.
Panel discussion with Ian Nelson and Scott McDaniel, Executive Director of Susquehannock Wildlife Society and Keith Williams, Executive Director of North Bay on Saturday, October 19th.
Producer & Director: Scott McDanielCountry: USA | World Premiere
Panel disucssion with producer James McDonald and Shelly Lucille Smith, wildlife videographer
Producer & Director: James McDonaldCountry: USA | World Premiere
This film gives us a look into the lives, routines and techniques of local oystermen surrounding New York City and observes how our relationship to the oyster has become both a cultural and environmental force - from oyster farm to plate.
Josh Aronson is a director and producer, known for Sound and Fury (2000), To Be of Service (2019) and The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story (2004).
TO BE OF SERVICE is a feature-length documentary film about war veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives.
Returning home for these vets is often plagued with depression and a wrenching disconnect from the world they once inhabited.
Family, old friends and jobs seem foreign, and newly returned warriors struggle to function and return to a normal civilian life.
Service dogs offer a miraculous ray of hope in helping them come back to an independent, feeling life. The viewer learns it is the fragile life of young warriors, changed forever by combat that is the true cost of war.
Producers: Sean EnderCountry: Colorado, USA | World Premiere
"Colorado's Moose" is an all encompassing tale of the reintroduction of moose to Colorado. Once transient to the state, efforts were made in the late 1970s to return the Shiras Moose to Colorado's mountainous landscape. The species success has provided new tourism opportunities for wildlife watchers and sportsmen alike. Still a rare animal to see in the wilderness, wildlife managers remain responsible for managing sustainable moose populations and striking a balance between the public, ranchers, and wildlife who all depend on the land for survival. The film combines captivating stories from biologists, wildlife managers, a photographer, hunters and ranchers with stunning footage of moose and majestic scenic of the Colorado Rockies in this tremendous story for wildlife management.
Panel discussion with Richard Szkiler and Manuela Iglesias on Sunday, October 20th.
Producer: Richard SzkilerDirector: Manuela IglesiasCountry: ArgentinaWorld Premiere
A story told with no words but with the power of sound and visuals of unspoiled Patagonia. Pure joy and sensorial experience. This is a meditational film, soothing for the soul and mind. Taking its viewers on an introspective journey of serenity. A deep breath of fresh air in a noisy world. The illusive pumas feature prominently not in the traditional format predator vs prey but in their more common state of relaxation and contemplation, giving viewers the opportunity to connect with this untouched part of the planet through slow motion, time-lapse and aerials. Mountains, animals, pure water, dark skies, sunsets and sunrises are waiting to be enjoyed in this art piece where the protagonist is our loving mother nature.
Producer: Volker AngresDirector: Alex GomilleCountry: Ethiopia | World Premiere
The biodiversity of our planet is threatened like never before. Habitats and endangered wildlife disappear. But once the ecosystems are severely damaged, they can no longer produce clean water, fertile soil or fresh air - basic things we need for our own survival, too.
"The Value of Biodiversity - Ethiopia" investigates Bale Mountains National Park in southern Ethiopia, the largest Afroalpine habitat left on earth. It is home to the largest surviving population of Ethiopian wolves and the rare mountain nyala. Both species are extremely rare and confined to the highlands of Ethiopia. The mountain slopes are covered by a wonderful cloud forest, which is vital for the water regime of the whole region. Droplets form small creeks which in turn converge to large rivers, supplying millions of people with water. But the forest is under threat, the flow of the rivers become irregular, causing drought and famine downstream. The shrinking wildlife populations are just once sign that the ecosystems are slowly collapsing.
The disappearance of endangered species like the Ethiopian wolf might not affect us in Europe. But they are signs that ecosystems are no longer functioning: systems which work as a global network and on which we depend for the air we breathe, for healthy food, for clean water. Conservation is no luxury. The basis of our very existence is at stake
Panel discussion with filmmakers Steven Hawley, Michael Peterson and Dr. Carl Safina
Producer & Director: Jeremy La Zelleand Kristin GatesUSA: | World Premiere
It is best to experience firsthand what you're fighting for. When two adventurers embark on a dangerous four-month expedition documenting the world’s longest land mammal migration through the Arctic Refuge of Alaska, they soon discover an incredible ecosystem protected by the Gwich’in Nation for more than 25,000 years, yet held on the precipice of collapse by resource development corporations.