Into the Okavango


Castro Theatre Thu, Sep 6, 2018 7:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Neil Gelinas
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Big Nights
Climate Action
Indigenous People
Science & Technology
Wildlife Protection
Running Time:94 min.


7:30pm :: Opening Night Premiere

As the Earth’s truly pristine expanses disappear more and more each day, the Okavango Delta remains an Edenic oasis with an abundance of animal species roaming its air, water, and land. But despite the spectacular sights of African elephants splashing in the river, rarely seen birds soaring above, and wildebeest migrating across its grassy expanses, the Okavango river basin—which provides water to more than one million people—is under dire threat.

Enter Dr. Steve Boyes and a team of international scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and African guides, who have made it their mission to track the cause—or causes—of the threats to the Okavango Delta’s source waters and to determine how they can protect the river basin before it gets any worse. In an epic four-month journey down the Okavango Delta’s source rivers—beginning in Angola, venturing into Namibia, and, finally, emptying into the Delta in Botswana—the team faces a series of unforeseen trials—including a terrifying run-in with a territorial hippopotamus. Director Neil Gelinas uses his extensive background working with National Geographic and filming in the wild to bring audiences a stunningly photographed tale of passion and conservation. ~ Tribeca

Expected guest: Neil Gelinas


5:30pm :: Opening Night Reception

Join us before the screening on the Castro Mezzanine to meet Festival filmmakers and special guests to kick-off the 2018 Festival. Separate ticket required for reception - includes reserved seating in the theater! 21+


Opening Night Grand Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente


Opening Night Reception Sponsors:

Blue Heron Catering Frey Vineyards

Neil GelinasNeil Gelinas is an executive producer, director, cameraman, and editor for the National Geographic Society. For the past nine years, he has produced films for National Geographic Pristine Seas, a project that has helped protect over 2 million square miles of ocean through science, exploration and media. Into the Okavango, Neil’s first feature-length documentary, looks at the Okavango Wilderness Project — an effort to protect Sub-Saharan Africa’s last pristine wetland.