Silent Forests


Little Roxie Sat, Sep 28, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Mariah Wilson
Producer:Mariah Wilson
Zebediah Smith
Year of Production:2019
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Activism/People Power
Eco Heroes
Wildlife Protection
Women's Leadership
Running Time:90 min.


*** On Standby! Advance tickets for this show are no longer available. Standby tickets may be available at the venue just before show time ***


Expected Guest: Director Mariah Wilson


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. The film explores 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.


  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Brooklyn Film Festival – Spirit Award
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • DC Environmental Film Festival – Official Selection


A reception follows this screening at the Festival Activist Center at 518 Valencia, open to all ticket & passholders. 

Mariah WilsonFor over ten years Mariah Wilson has produced content for PBS, National Geographic (Doomsday , A&E, Animal Planet, and more. Her feature documentaries include Revealing Hate about the white supremacist movement in America, and Volunteer, a film about eco-volunteering experiences in Uganda and Fiji that touch on worldwide poaching issues.