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Silent Forests

About the film

SILENT FORESTS is an intimate, character-driven portrait of conservationists and activists who are struggling to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa's Congo Basin region.
After a study revealed that more than half the Central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort to save those that remain. SILENT FORESTS will explore this story through a range of dynamic subjects; including one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior, a reformed elephant poacher, and a team of anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist. As passionate and tenacious as these conservationists are, they are up against huge institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding that threaten to derail all their attempts to fight for the future of the forest elephant.

Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Premiere Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival

Director(s) Mariah Wilson

Venue Cinema Nova

Address 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Date July 21, 2019

Time 4:15 pm

GenresBlockbuster / Premiere, Women in Film, Environmental, Alumni, Animal

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2019 Films

Feature Docs

Blockbuster / Premiere

Sports

Docs After Dark

Music

Australian

Shorts

Hidden Gems / Indie

True Crime / Stranger Than Fiction

Doc Web Series / Video Essay

Melbourne Stories

World Cinema

Women in Film

LGBTIQ

Aboriginal

Film Buff

Environmental / Tech / Health

Doc Challenge

Art Documentaries

Legends of Documentary

Animal

Alumni

Masterclass

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