The Falls of Iguaçu
Length: 1 x 50 min
Director / Procucer / Camera:
LIGHT & SHADOW
NDR Naturfilm, BBC NHU, ORF, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. / National Geographic Channel International
The thundering falls of Iguaçu are by far the largest and most stunning waterfalls in the world. Nowhere else does waterpower unfold such splendor.
Teeming with wildlife, Iguaçu's 800 square miles of Atlantic rainforest are one of the richest habitats on earth. While adorable coatis raise large families in their forest dens, great dusky swifts take daredevil flights, soaring past tons of falling water. Toucans and swarms of colorful butterflies shimmer. The last of endangered jaguars, the mightiest cats in the Americas, roam through the shadows. In the silvery moonlit nights of Iguaçu, venomous rattlesnakes slither, razor-clawed fishing bats swoop down unexpectedly and deadly tarantulas creep out of hiding.
Since ancient times, Iguaçu was home to the native Guarani people, whose myths of creation and lost love are based on the falls, their broad rainbows and bottomless abyss. The end of the Guarani came after European explorers planted their flags; the waters of Iguaçu ran red with man's greed and violence. Man's strife may come and go, but Iguaçu lives on, now a National Park shared by Brazil and Argentina.
Each year, two million tourists marvel at the mammoth falls, glimpse the rare and exotic wildlife and taste the adrenaline of extreme sports amidst the raging waters. Caring for this unique reserve in the South American backwoods is an adventure in itself: illegal hunting threatens to wipe out many of Iguaçu's wild species, and forest rangers risk their lives regularly to arrest heavily-armed poachers.
The Falls of Iguacu is a breathtaking voyage, revealing the deep power and timelessness of Nature, man's eternal muse.
The Falls of Iguaçu
Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Japan, 2009
The World of Knowledge Filmfestival, Russia, 2008
* SPECIAL JURY'S AWARD
New York Festivals Television Broadcasting, USA, 2008
* SILVER WORLD MEDAL NATURE & WILDLIFE
Waga Brothers International Festival of Natures Film, Poland, 2008
* SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
Wildlife Vaasa, Finland, 2008
Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil, 2007
Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2007
* BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Durban Wild Talk, South Africa, 2007
Ekotopfilm, Slovak Republic, 2007
* PRIZE OF THE MAJOR HYGIENER OF THE SLOWAK REPUBLIC
Festival International du Film Animalier, France, 2007
* PRIX SPECIAL DE LA MEILLEURE IMAGE
* PRIX SPECIAL DE LA MEILLEURE SON
GreenScreen Hamburg, Germany, 2007
Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Japan, 2007
Nature Film Festival Darss, Germany, 2007
* GOLDENER KRANICH
NaturVision, Germany, 2007
Sondrio, Italy, 2007
* STELVIO NATIONAL PARK AWARD
The Shanghai TV Festival, China, 2007
Torello Mountain Film Festival, Spain, 2007
* MOUNTAN WILDERNESS PRIZE
WildSouth, New Zealand, 2007