12th Matsalu Nature Film Festival schedule

 
 
 
NB Please check original schedule at MAFF home page for length of film etc http://www.matsalufilm.ee/festival/index_eng.html
Schedule of Festival Screenings

Lihula Culture House
Main Hall
Category:
A - Nature
B - Man and nature
IP - Info-program "Wonderful World"
 
10.00
SECRETS OF BUMBLEBEES 
Compared to honey bees, these social insects have long been poorly researched, although they're at home in temperate regions throughout the Northern Hemisphere and South America. A few tropical species form colonies lasting several years, but elsewhere only the summer's new Queens survive into next spring. So the colonies remain small - around 80 individuals rather than tens of thousands - and there is no need to store nectar for hibernation - a fact that has kept honey-loving gourmets like us away from their - often underground - nests.
A
Austria
 
12.00
CHEETAH RACE TO RULE 
Gunner is a young cheetah born into a cheetah coalition in Linyanti, Botswana. From the moment he opens his eyes the odds are stacked against him. He is the runt of the litter. And from now on, Gunner will have to fight hard for every scrap of food and attention.
A
RSA
 
 
UNNATURAL SELECTION 
The wings of cliff swallows in Nebraska are getting shorter while turtles in Chesapeake Bay are getting larger. On the Galapagos Islands, different species are collapsing back into one. What has happened to evolution? The answer is very simple: us. Humans have transformed the planet beyond recognition- turning grasslands and forests into fields and cities and polluting air and water. And all of these changes have altered the course of evolution, often in surprising ways.
B
Austria
 
14.00
TIME HOPPER. EPISODE 1. HOLDING ON 
The professional musician, amateur naturalist Livius Varga is not a withdrawn guy at all. To activate the brand new time-hop application loaded onto his tablet he has to leave civilization behind. He creates his temporary “time capsule” homes under the rocky peaks of Carpathian Mountains among the reeds of one of the biggest lake of the Carpathian Basin, and in the canopy of a several hundred years old oak tree giant. During his epic journeys he tries to trace, to peek and to capture with his special cameras the habitat having been existing around him some thousands years before.
B
Hungary
 
 
WILD AUSTRALIA. EPISODE I. DESERTT OF THE RED KANGAROO 
Their kingdom is the desert: in the heart of Australia lives the largest marsupial on earth, the red kangaroo. Months of drought, blistering heat and a few patches of dry grass – to live here you need to have your wits about you. Australia’s wildlife has no shortage of bizarre survival strategies, as episode 1 of the four-part series Wild Australia spectacularly proves.
A
Germany
 
18.00
OPENING CEREMONY
 
 
 
 
CERRADO. BEYOND THE MIST 
The film CERRADO, Beyond the Mist introduces the viewer to one of the least known and beautiful ecosystems in the world, located in the centre of Brazil. The film is an impressionistic dance of color and light, unraveling like a creation myth through the primal elements of Water, Fire, Lightning and Rain, all the while celebrating the amazing and strange animals that occupy its landscape.
A
Brazil
 
10.00
LEGENDS OF THE DEEP – DEEP SEA SHARKS 
The megamouth shark is a recently discovered species of deep-sea shark. Prehistoric "living fossil" sharks also lurk in the bay. Four years of studying and filming aim to shed light on the mysterious world of deep-sea sharks. For the investigation, a sperm whale carcass was placed at the bottom of the bay to attract these sharks. They were observed from submersible vessels and their previously unknown behavior has been captured on film.
IP
Japan
 
11.00
HIDDEN PARADISE 
This film is an invitation to take the plunge into a mysterious and fascinating world – that of a small man-made lake, with a fairytale history. Originally created for the extraction of gravel, and subsequently abandoned, an ecological miracle is now taking place there. Unknown to man, the rebirth of an entire biotype is underway, forming a veritable refuge for rare and threatened species. A year of striking images takes the viewer on a discovery of the life of the fish and birds that populate the small lake and its surroundings.
A
Germany
 
 
KAKADU. EPISODE 4 
It's the monsoon season in Australia's largest national park - KAKADU. With the storms comes unpredictable mayhem every day: floodwaters rise, feral buffalo stalk unwary tourists, locals get washed towards crocodile infested waters, and savage winds flatten trees. Amid the chaos we follow the people of Kakadu as they go about life and work in this ancient wilderness. Filmed over 12 intense months, KAKADU is life and death drama where man meets wild and nature calls the shots.
B
Australia
 
13.00
HAMILTON`S ADVENTURES – A DIFFERENT VIEW ON MANATEES 
For the most gentle mammal on Earth, the manatee, the gulf coast of Florida is a place between heaven and hell: Here, the manatees mate and give birth, they look for warmth in the crystal clar springs and raise their offspring. It could be a peaceful life. But humans with their fishing hooks, their fast boats with sharp propellors and ruthless behaviour as tourists, make mit hard to surivive for the manatees. The film follows a mother/calf pair over a period of more than three years and tells the beautiful and dramatic story of their lives.
A
Germany
 
 
NAMIBIA`S DESERT KINGDOM 
Dust and dunes, sun and sand: the parched landscapes of Namibia in southwest Africa are extreme in every way. This Terra Mater Factual Studios production tells the fascinating story of how the largest animals on our planet survive in the oldest and most inhospitable desert on earth. Ephemeral rivers support a stunning diversity of mega fauna in Namibia’s arid areas: elephants as well as giraffes, baboons, antelopes and lions.
A
Austria
 
15.00
VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS AND ASH 
The Laki eruption in 1783, caused major changes on wether and climate in the northen hemisphere. In Indonesia earthquakes and eruptions are different as the tectonic plates are colliding with each other. We mention the volcanoes: Krakatau and Tambora and tell about violent disasters they caused. At last the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The ash was not limited to Iceland. High altitude winds spread it to Europe, where it caused major problems for airline traffic.
A
Iceland
 
 
SPIRIT CREATURES – NIASSA`S INVISIBLE REALM 
Spirit Creatures documents Keith and Colleen Begg's journey to gain a deeper understanding of local communities complex spiritual relationships with wildlife inside Mozambique's Niassa National Reserve. Mozambique's Cyao people both revere and struggle against wildlife on a daily basis. To help them cope they regularly call on the help of their ancestral spirits. This invisible realm, locally called "Majini" greatly influences how people think and act and seems to be connected to just about everything in Niassa, from man-eating lions and the bushmeat trade to the chronic elephant poaching crisis sweeping across Africa today.
B
RSA
 
17.00
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE 
Animals are hidden in the shadows of our highly mechanized world. The Ghosts In Our Machine is a cinematic cross-platform documentary that iluminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur we become intimately familiar with a cast of nonhuman animal subjects.
B
Canada
 
 
WAWATA TOPU - MERMAIDS OF TIMOR-LESTE 
Wawata Topu (women divers) are four generations of fisherwomen striving to make a living in the costal village of Adara, West Atauro, Timor-Leste. Their daily lives are shown in this ethnographic portrait that makes visible their critical contribution to the household economies and the fishing community at large in a context of rapid social hange.
B
Timor-Leste
 
19.30
WILD FRANCE 
Wonderfully filmed, as never before, 'Wild France' offers a magical insight into the natural history of this beautiful country. It is a place where thousands of years of history and nature intertwine creating a world in which humans and wild animals exist alongside each other. From the peaks of the Alps to the Corsican island, this stunning series of compelling and moving stories in the wild reveals the magic of the Gallic countryside. The astounding destinies of little known animals and the men and women in contact with them. A fascinating journey into the secret land of 'Wild France'.
IP
France
 
10.00
HIPPO GANGS 
It’s paradise during the wet season in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Hippo gangs – or pods as they’re actually called – have plenty to eat and lots of space to relish in. But the dry season is coming. And when it does, paradise will turn to mud then dry, cracked earth. It’s either move to another part of the river, or die. It’s a tragedy, but it’s all part of life in a hippo gang.
IP
RSA
 
11.00
WILD BALTICS. EPISODE 2 – ENCHANTED FORESTS AND MOORS 
In the North-East of Europe lie three countries, almost undiscovered and unregarded: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In the second part of his nature documentary, Christoph Hauschild portrays the diversity of nature in the hinterland of the Baltic Sea: brown bears, lynxes and capercaillies in the vast woodlands of Estonia, Europe's widest waterfall or the mating dance of the great snipe on the Latvian/Lithuanian border.
A
Germany
 
 
PLANET PARROT 
Raucous, colourful and often thousands of miles from their natural home, parrots are conquering cities around the world. They are also one of the most endangered families of birds. This colourful and entertaining film considers how and why parrots are thriving in human habitats while at the same time struggling in the wild.
A
Austria
 
13.00
GREAT SPOTTED EAGLE – A BIRD LIKE NO OTHER 
While conducting the LIFE Project "Greater Spotted Eagle – a bird like no other!" we have created a film about those rarest eagles and a man, who has devoted his life to save them. There are only 10, 15 breeding pairs of these eagles in Poland, all of them in the Biebrza Valley in North-East Poland where most of the film was shot. The story opens with beautiful Spring spectacle, takes the audience through all four seasons of the year at the Biebrza Valley but also follows Greater Spotted Eagles to Greece, touching upon the threats of the migrating birds.
B
Poland
 
 
SOPHISTICATED FARMERS: LEAFCUTTER ANTS 
Leafcutter ants have been farming for 50 million years. They have created a complex society in which each individual plays one of a number of specific roles including harvesting, carrying, defense, road construction, decontamination, land enlargement, and even funerals. And they cultivate fungus in vast underground farms.
A
Japan
 
15.00
THE MOOR 
Moors and bogs are oases in the cultivated landscape of Central Europe. Nature holds many surprises in a moor: It seems as if some of the most bizarre and colourful members of our native species live in the bog. Plants that eat animals live here and mushrooms that suck the live out of plants. The rutting dance of the Great snipes and the hatching of a great crane chick are just a few of the miracles happening in a moor every season. Today- the European Union is runner-up world champion in setting free hazardous greenhouse gases through the destruction of moors and bogs. The film shows the biodiversity of the often rarely recognized habitat - and it is a quiet appeal: SAVE and PRESERVE the last intact MOORS!
A
Germany
 
 
ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM 
When a filmmaker shadows a herd of elephants for four years to study their behaviour, they teach him a thing or two about being human.Over a period of four years, Nathan follows Wonky Tusk and films the unfolding drama of a close-knit family who inspires tourists, survives the threats of predators, evades the wrath of villagers and teams up to protect and teach Wellington.
B
RSA
 
17.00
CHASING ICE 
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
B
USA
 
 
THE DESERT ISLANDS 
When first discovered, Cape Verde was an intact wilderness. Today, just south of one of its cultural hotspots, three uninhabited islands open a rare window into the past – the desert islands. Every year local NGO Biosfera 1 sets camp in the most arid and remote, the islet of Razo. Having first arrived to protect an endemic shearwater, its teams have also come to study the wildlife that lives inland, including a unique and threatened bird - the Razo lark. predator: cats.
A
Portugal
 
19.00
GUADALQUIVIR – THE GREAT RIVER 
A grandiose river in southern Spain flows through Andalusia from North to South, like a huge artery that stretches along 600 kilometers. From its birthplace, in the Cazorla mountains, all the way to the mouth of the river, that reaches the shores of Donana National Park, a fox will become the story's main character. Through its eyes, we will come to discover the spectacular biodiversity that this little creature finds along the way.
IP
Austria
 
 
ANGEL AZUL 
Through the hauntingly beautiful lure of an eco-sculptors underwater life-like statues, we witness the birth of an artificial coral reef, learn how we are all inextricably connected to the ocean and how the choices we make today will determine what we leave to future generations.
IP
USA
 
9.00
THE REAL DINGO 
“The Real Dingo” explores the intimate and secretive lives of these wild dogs in Australia’s Blue Mountains. The film presents a pack as the pups emerge, follows them as they grow and eventually disperse into the big blue yonder. This Terra Mater Factual Studios production uses the latest science to explore how this controversial dog fits into the Australian landscape and how it has taken the role of the top predator. It may not be a native animal but without the dingo many native species could face extinction.
IP
Austria
 
 
CONGO– APES AND ALIENS 
The Congo: more powerful and dangerous than any other river yet a sanctuary and home for some of the most wonderful creatures on our Earth. Our closest relatives can be found hidden deep inside the dense jungles that surround the Congo and its feeding rivers, with three of the world's four species of great apes living in the Congo Basin.
IP
Germany
 
11.00
CAROUSEL OF LIFE – THE TRADITIONAL ORCHARD 
The film is a ride on the carousel of life that is never ending in the orchard. We accompany typical orchard dwellers like the nuthatch, field mouse, the squirrel or the deer throughout the year. As an essential part of European heritage they are above all a valuable habitat for our indigenous and fascinating animals, insects and plants. A last remnant of the Garden of Eden.
A
Germany
 
 
KILLER WHALES: FINS OF CHANCE 
This film reveals the current change in the Arctic: the northern polar region is the fastest warming area on our planet. This has dramatic consequences: on one hand, the polar bear looses vital habitat - because this previous top predator is used to hunt for seals on the ice. On the other hand, the Arctic ocean is increasingly opening up in summer, thus getting more and more accessible for orcas. Therefore, the so-called "killer whales" are taking over the role as the new top predators of the Arctic - while the polar bears are struggling to survive.
B
Austria
 
13.00
FUTURE BEHIND YOU 
The area of the Kunene river is the territory of the semi-nomadic Himba tribe. At the same time this river forms the natural border between Namibia and Angola. Chief of the Tribe Hyndere and his family depend on the Kunene. Their cattle feeds on the border, they grow their crops there and bury the deceased. Together Angola and Namibia decided to build a dam in the Kunene to provide the area in electricity. According to their own statements at the location where it will do the least damage to the surroundings. Hyndere however is not confident. He is afraid that traditions will be lost and he even fears the end of his Himba tribe.
B
Netherlands
 
 
SNOWS OF THE NILE 
Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits, are some of Earth’s only equatorial glaciers. But these “Mountains of the Moon,” whose existence caused a sensation in Europe when they were first climbed in 1906, are changing fast. Snows of the Nile follows two scientist/photographers on an ambitious expedition to re-capture historical glacier imagery from the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. If they could retrace the steps of the Duke of Abruzzi’s legendary 1906 expedition and re-capture the famous glacier photographs taken by Vittorio Sella, they could visualize the impacts of a century of climate change.
B
USA
 
 
THE SECRET ROUTES OF MIGRATORY BIRDS 
For over twenty years Christian Moullec has studied birds. He learned to pilot a microlight to fly alongside them. He has dreamt up a slightly mad project : a school of migration. He will fly off with a group of geese. Then, he will leave them to their freedom. With the hope that they will retain their lessons, and pass these on to other wild geese. For the first time ever, get into the heart of a migratory journey.
B
France
 
15.00
ENCLOSED BY WATER. EPISODE 1. PELLINKI AND HAAPASAARI 
In Finland there are 179 000 islands, manifold the amount of the famous Greek islands. The northern archipelago is harsh but breathtakingly beautiful, and the island inhabitants are as tough as the junipers fighting against the wind on the outmost islets. In the “Enclosed by Water” –series the documentarian Petteri Saario takes us to the most beautiful of the Finnish islands, starting from the Eastern Gulf of Finland.
B
Finland
 
 
SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER 
The siblings Magnar and Oddny never left their childhood home. They run the family farm as it was run by several generations before them. Time seems to be standing still, as it is running out.
B
Norway
 
18.00
AWARD CEREMONY 
The Grand Prix -Winning Film
 
 
 
10.00
WILD AUSTRALIA. EPISODE 2. JURASSIC JUNGLE 
Red rocks and kangaroos at sunset – this is Australia as we know it. The most concealed area remains perhaps the most mysterious on the fifth continent: the tropical rainforest in the north east of the country is home to kangaroos who climb in the trees. In the swamps lurk “Salties”, the largest crocodiles on earth, waiting for unsuspecting prey. Deep in the jungle live curious birds of paradise and the cassowary – a huge bird who appears to be from prehistoric times.
IP
Germany
 
11.00
Awarded film 
 
 
 
12.00
THE CREATER CAUCASUS 
The mountains of the Caucasus form a magical border between Europe and Asia. Film-maker Henry M. Mix and his crew spent over a year in Russia's highest mountains. The result is an impressive documentary about the natural wonders to be found between the Black and Caspian Seas. The wild mountain landscape with its extreme climate has created a unique world of flora and fauna and makes the Caucasus one of the world's 25 most significant centres of biodiversity.
IP
Germany
 
13.00
Awarded film 
 
 
 
14.00
ELEPHANT GANGS 
During the dry season in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, there isn’t enough water. There isn’t enough food. The fifty thousand elephants that live there need to migrate. We follow one gang of fifteen on their journey to the Chobe River in Botswana. Led by its matriarch, the gang is completely made up of her offspring and it’s her responsibility to get her family safely to the river. Despite all the dangers, the matriarch’s gang makes it. She did her best to protect her offspring.They are her family. And to an elephant, family is everything.
IP
RSA
 
15.00
Awarded film 
 
 
 
16.00
WILD AUSTRALIA. EPISODE 4. KOALA FOREST 
The eucalyptus forests of Eastern Australia are famous, both for flavouring of throat sweats and as home to cuddly looking koalas. But there is more to the lush woodland than meets the eyes – in the undergrowth strange birds build elaborate nests and rip-off each other’s calls. By day there are snakes everywhere and under the cover of night strange mammals take to the air. Australia’s weirdest creatures make this there home – the egg-laying, duck-billed platypus and its strange spiny cousin the echidna.
IP
Germany
 
17.00
Awarded film 
 
 
 
18.00
A VALLEY LOST IN TIME – AUSSEERLAND 
It's a landscape born of ice and rock; beautiful and picturesque, hailed as one of creation's summits. Yet this valley in central Austria has been smashed and broken, crushed and teased, sunk and raised again by nature's forces; a haunt and habitat for both man and animal, offering no easy life to either.
IP
Austria
 


 

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