PART 3 Forest of the Future
Length: 3 x 50 min
Director / Producer:
Christian Baumeister, Luis de Maia, Rolando Menardi, Alexander Sommer, Yann Sochaczewski
Stefan Canham, Stefan Reiss
LIGHT & SHADOW
NDR Naturfilm, Arte, ORF, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. / National Geographic Channel International, Animal Planet
This three part series celebrates the extraordinary wildlife of Amazonia, reveals new thinking about how this vast forest took shape, and considers how its future might be secured. With awe-inspiring photography and animal behaviour never seen before, the films track our emotional response to the rainforest world over time: from fear to understanding – from understanding to respect – and from respect to hope. Above all, the series offers reasons why it isn’t too late to save the greatest rainforest on earth.
EPISODE 3: FOREST OF THE FUTURE
It is hard not to feel despair at the overwhelming images of rainforest destruction. But while documenting the region's remarkable wildlife, film-maker Christian Baumeister has also witnessed a changing mood: a growing belief that it is more valuable as a living forest than being stripped for it's wood and minerals. Christian discovers that an increasing respect for the Amazon's natural wonders can translate into hope for the future.
This final part of the series shows disturbingly beautiful pictures. The viewer plunges into a roaring hell of devastating forest fires – caught up visually and emotionally in the shocking reminder that, every day, the Amazon is under attack.
AMAZON ALIVE, however, also gives cause for hope. Wildlife film-maker Christian Baumeister was as despairing as anyone when, as a teenager, he first saw images of Amazon forest fires. But he has a growing belief that the Amazon can be saved. We follow his journey in the making of AMAZON ALIVE, as he documents some of the region’s rarest animals, and meet other contributors who, in their own ways, are on a mission to rescue this, the greatest rainforest on earth, like agents from Brazil's environmental policy IBAMA or biologists studying rainforest animals.
Beautiful wildlife and mesmerizing scenics continue to remind us of the wonder and majesty of this forest as we explore the dramatic ways in which destruction is happening.
Christian’s realization is that there is no magic bullet – no single way to save the Amazon; it is a vast region covering nine countries that requires many different strategies to deal with the challenges it faces. His belief remains: that with a greater understanding of the complexity and role of the rainforest there will be greater respect. And that out of that respect comes a sense of hope.
Amazon Alive - Forest of the Future
The World of Knowledge Filmfestival, Russia, 2012
* JURY DIPLOMA FOR COURAGE AND MASTERSHIP OF THE CAMERAMEN
L'oiseu / Abbeville, France, 2012
TV Festival BAR, Montenegro, 2011
* BEST AUTHOR' S AWARD
American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF), USA, 2011
Darsser Naturfilmfestival, Germany, 2011
* BEST FILM CATEGORY TIERE & LEBENSRÄUME (ANIMALS & ECOSYSTEMS)
Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2011
* SPECIAL PRICE OF THE STATE FOREST MANAGEMENT CENTER
Greenscreen, Germany, 2011
* FINALIST (CATEGORY BEST ECOLOGICAL FILM)
NaturVision, Germany, 2011
* FINALIST (CATEGORY ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY)
International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) Missoula/Montana, USA, 2011
International Forest Film Festival, USA, 2011
* FINALIST IN CATEGORY ISSUES & SOLUTIONS
* FINALIST IN CATEGORY THIS IS MY FOREST