MONTHLY SCREENINGS 2020 - 2021

FEBRUARY 2021
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Animals and plants - they all need optimal living conditions to survive and reproduce. But how do elephants, whose skin is 50 times thicker than that of humans, deal with heat? What adaptations have plants acquired to deal with periods of drought? The secret lies in their anatomical and physiological adaptation mechanisms, which have developed over millions of years. This short animal documentary "The Secrets of Adaptation" (32 min, English with English subtitle) shows adaptation mechanisms of some animals and plants in South Africa that enable them to survive in their specific habitats.

The Hart depicts the story of an old Red deer stag in his struggle and determination in preventing rivals from mating with the hinds of his Kingdom. The Hart not only has to worry about the young bachelor herds but also the growing presence of Londoners within his kingdom.

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As result of human actions, giraffes have suffered a 40% decline in numbers since 1999: be it poaching, habitat loss, or climate change. Thanks to increased awareness, people are becoming aware that giraffes are now vulnerable to extinction. But the question remains: what is being done to stop this decline?

 

CATCHING GIANTS is a heart stopping character-driven film following the world’s preeminent giraffe researcher, Dr Francois Deacon, as he embarks on the most ambitious giraffe research project to date: the attempted GPS collaring of 20 giraffes, including 10 males, which have never before been collared and that science knows so little about. Giraffe bulls are notorious for being the most dangerous animals to capture - for man & beast - in the entire animal kingdom. Joining Francois on this expedition are his family and scientists from all across the globe, each with unique backgrounds. To preserve this species, the team hopes to be the first to successfully collect semen from a wild giraffe.

 

CATCHING GIANTS takes viewers on an incredible journey alongside the conservationists who are making history on their plight to learn more about giraffes. The true value of this film lies in the fact that the results of Dr Deacon’s project and the discoveries made by this world leading team of biologists can be applied by wildlife managers and conservationists to giraffe populations throughout the continent of Africa. For Francois and his family, catching and saving Africa’s giants is not just a passion, but their mission.

JANUARY 2021
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Bó is a poignant portrait of a rare animal native to Ireland and her keepers. Ireland's association with the Kerry Cow goes back thousands of years, cows had an integral place in Irish society, we see this in ancient Irish legends such as The Cattle-raid of Cooley.


The Kerry cow is the oldest cow in existence in Europe and provides a living, breathing link with the past. In today’s globalised system she is displaced and as a result, sadly endangered.

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A documentary about Malaysian Sun Bear world smallest bears, and explores the efforts made to save endangered Sun Bear species from poaching and other threats. Efforts made by Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and team in rehabilitation of Sun Bears and releasing them back into the wild. Film explains the whole process and how things are done in Conservation center.

DECEMBER 2020
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Animals and plants - they all need optimal living conditions to survive and reproduce. But how do elephants, whose skin is 50 times thicker than that of humans, deal with heat? What adaptations have plants acquired to deal with periods of drought? The secret lies in their anatomical and physiological adaptation mechanisms, which have developed over millions of years. This short animal documentary "The Secrets of Adaptation" (32 min, English with English subtitle) shows adaptation mechanisms of some animals and plants in South Africa that enable them to survive in their specific habitats.

Animals and plants - they all need optimal living conditions to survive and reproduce. But how do elephants, whose skin is 50 times thicker than that of humans, deal with heat? What adaptations have plants acquired to deal with periods of drought? The secret lies in their anatomical and physiological adaptation mechanisms, which have developed over millions of years.

This short animal documentary "The Secrets of Adaptation" (32 min, English with English subtitle) shows adaptation mechanisms of some animals and plants in South Africa that enable them to survive in their specific habitats.

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Animals and plants - they all need optimal living conditions to survive and reproduce. But how do elephants, whose skin is 50 times thicker than that of humans, deal with heat? What adaptations have plants acquired to deal with periods of drought? The secret lies in their anatomical and physiological adaptation mechanisms, which have developed over millions of years. This short animal documentary "The Secrets of Adaptation" (32 min, English with English subtitle) shows adaptation mechanisms of some animals and plants in South Africa that enable them to survive in their specific habitats.

Does whale watching protect or harm whales? This film explores heated controversies over whale watching, boat noise, and orca conservation in Washington State and British Columbia. Whale watching companies claim that they serve as "sentinels" protecting the orca from unwary recreational boaters, ferries, and ships. A number of local conservationists and scientists have argued that whale watching boats crowd and harass whales, while adding noise to the orcas' immediate environment that makes it difficult for the social species to survive. The Pacific Whale Watch Association has hired lobbyists and brought suit against their local opponents. "Sentinels of Silence?" uses dramatic imagery, peer-reviewed science, and interviews with conservationists, scientists, and industry officials to bring a fascinating chapter in the orca conservation story to light.

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In Southeast Asia the elephant tourism is booming. Elephant shows, elephant ridings, ethical elephant parks… everyone has their choice. But do we choose the right thing?


The topic is very fastidious, and the million dollar business owners would do anything, in order to keep their secret.


But what is this dark secret? What is behind the latest trend “no riding”? What are the ethical elephant parks, and are they really in favor with their beloved animals? How could the travelers pick their elephant activities, that is beneficial for both parties?


We wanted to discover everything first hand. So we traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to visit different elephant activities to find the answers.

This expository documentary is shedding some light on the southeast Asian elephant industry. As the say, the problem, nor the solution is black or white.

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