Bones of Turkana
40th IWFF
  • Wild Seve
The Roxy Theater Screen 1Thu, Apr 20 6:30 PM
Bones of Turkana showing with Wild Seve.
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Film Info
Series:40th International Wildlife Film Festival
Run Time:12min + 45min
Release Year:2012
Hosted By:Filmmaker
John Heminway in attendance.
Cast/Crew Info
Producer:John Heminway Retrospective

Bones of Turkana(45min) showing with Wild Seve(12min).

Wild Seve
Every year, in the villages surrounding the Bandipur and Nagarhole Tiger Reserves in the Indian state of Karnataka, wild animals raid hundreds of farms and kill livestock. Agriculture being the only occupation of the people in these parts, the villagers retaliate by chasing away or sometimes even killing the elephants, leopards and tigers. These incidents have spiked in recent years, owing to the increase in human numbers and fragmentation of once contiguous forests. There is a solution in place to deal with these situations, where monetary compensation is awarded to the people who have lost crop or livestock. But the cumbersome process of applying for this compensation has put people off and wildlife continues to bear the brunt of the retaliations.This film gives a voice to these people, people that wake up to the sound of an elephant tearing their house down or a leopard carrying their goat away. We see how their acts of desperation to save their crop and livestock cause injury and death to wildlife and sometimes even themselves. Ultimately, we find a little hope in the form of Wild Seve (in service of wildlife), a small group of dedicated people working tirelessly to speed up the process of compensation, and to make it easily accessible to all. We find out how a simple idea, executed with perseverance and the determination to make a difference, can go a long way in mitigating human-animal conflict.

John Heminway Retrospective
John Heminway has had a remarkable career as an award-winning filmmaker and writer that has drawn attention to nature, science, history and threats to the continent of Africa and the resulting impact on us all. This year IWFF honors him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of wildlife filmmaking. His career includes more than 100 films spanning four decades. His documentaries about science, the environment and Africa, in particular, have earned him two Emmys, two Peabody Awards and a duPont-Columbia University journalism award. Heminway has served on the boards or advisory councils of many environmental causes, including the African Wildlife Foundation, where he was board chairman for nine years, Trout Unlimited, American Prairie Reserve, White Oak Conservation Center, Tusk, and Elephant Family. In 2013, famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey appointed Heminway chairman of WildlifeDirect, an organization founded by Leakey and dedicated to changing laws and behavior related to wildlife crime in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa.


Investigative journalist Bryan Christy sets out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.


“As soon as I was beached in Africa I found what I had lacked in myself. Thus, drowned in dust, whiplashed by heat, scared sick by lions, I learned I was far from complete. I saw that souls and not just bodies suffer and adjust and swell in a sequence not dissimilar from Darwin’s Laws of Natural Selection. Because of Africa I came to accept that I would always be on the drawing boards, forever thirsty on a plain that reaches for the Southern Cross.” – John Heminway

BONES OF TURKANA April 20, 6:30 PM

The astonishing life of Richard Leakey — paleoanthropologist, conservationist, statesman, provocateur & will be the subject of an hour-long special from National Geographic, Bones of Turkana. The program investigates four decades of exploration and discovery around Northern Kenya’s Lake Turkana, which have given rise to both breakthroughs and controversy in the contentious field of human evolution.


Director, writer, co-producer. PBS National Geographic Special. "Stress: Portrait of a Killer" chronicles the landmark work of Stanford neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, and shows how unrelenting tension can result in life-threatening conditions. "Stress" illustrates how wild primate life offers incalculable insight and remarkable solutions to the hobgoblins of our own. 2009 finalist, International Wildlife Film Festival.


Heminway's exploration of the earth's most remote inhabited island.

Included Shorts
Wild Seve (12min) 40th IWFF More