Bones of Turkana
The Roxy Theater Screen 1Thu, Apr 20 6:30 PM
Bones of Turkana showing with Wild Seve.
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.
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Namibia's Desert Kingdom
The Roxy Theater Screen 2Wed, Apr 19 4:00 PM
Namibia's Desert Kingdom showing with Death of a Giant and Wild Seve.
Namibia's extreme deserts make it difficult for life to exist, but but even large animals such as elephants and giraffes live here with amazing diversity.
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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.