DIRECTOR: Dereck & Beverly Joubert
BOTSWANA / 2020
FRI 1 – SUN 17 MAY 2020
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS
This river is life and death for a staggering numbers of wild creatures.
Winner of the 2020 Washington Environmental Film Festival Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy
This film is for lovers of the raw and sometimes cruel beauty of nature. Filmed over the course of several seasons, this utterly fascinating documentary follows the challenges faced by a female lion who just wants to get on with raising her cubs – but the cruel side of nature gets in the way. An unwilling victim fights back and shatters her ankle; a catastrophe for a hunter-predator, meaning no more high-speed chase and kill to keep her family in food. But this wonderfully shot film gets in close enough to show how her intelligence allows her to change her hunting style, using the mighty Okavango River as an unlikely ally. As the story unfolds, the camera draws back to expose the more subtle, tangled and complex relationships between the multitudes of flora and fauna across the region. Describing the photography as superb understates it; it is sublime. This personal glimpse inside the astonishing, magnificent complexity of one of the wildest and most bio-diverse regions on earth reminds us of what a fragile jewel our world is. And how vital it is to protect it.
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