The Forgotten Salmon

40th IWFF
  • Eeya Eeya
  • Running Wild Running Wild
  • End of Snow End of Snow


Film Info
Series:40th International Wildlife Film Festival
Run Time:5min + 7min + 20min +35min
Release Year:2017
Hosted By:Filmmaker Galen Brown attendance.
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Galen Brown


The Forgotten Salmon(35min) showing with Eeya(5min), Running Wild(7min), End of Snow(20min).

Eeya is the Baka word for elephant, an animal that is an important figure in the lives of the indigenous Baka tribes of Central Africa. The Baka are thought of as “scientists of the forest” – the forest provides them with everything they need to live, and they know its flora and fauna intimately. But, that has unfortunately made them appealing recruits for elephant poachers who use the Baka as hunting guides. The endemic poverty of the Baka makes them easy targets for such work; poaching gangs usually offer a pittance to the Baka guides they use - even as little as a pack of cigarettes. While some Baka have been lured by the payout of poaching, others – like Bosso Andre and his son Gaston - have been brought into the fold of the National Park system to work as eco-guards and guides. Bosso Andre takes us for a walk through the bush, and illuminates the impact that elephant poaching has had on the Baka way of life.

Running Wild
In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find if these badasses of the animal kingdom were setting up shop here for good. Under the guidance of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence. The result? A comprehensive survey of wildlife in the range and a model for citizen science projects everywhere.

End of Snow
Dr. Jane Zelikova is a tropical ecologist living in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado. She dreams of snow in the summer and tropical forests in the dead of winter. But her snow-capped Fourteeners are changing – no longer bringing the deep winter snowpack once promised. This is a future from which she and the people of the West can’t run. What’s a wildly curious, adventurous girl to do? Embark on a journey into the mountains to find the tales of the past, present and future of snow. There will be adventure. Friendships will form. She will dig holes, and fall down those holes. But like any good story, the characters she meets will help show her the way, a map for living in a world beyond the end of snow.

The Forgotten Salmon

The story of the lost Atlantic Salmon of Lake Ontario, how we lost them, and a restoration effort to bring them back to the great inland sea.

Included Shorts

Eeya (5min) 40th IWFF More
Running Wild (7min) 40th IWFF More
End of Snow (20min) 40th IWFF More