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Viva Vicuña


Length: 1 x 50 min

Format: S-16 mm

Year: 2002


Director / Procucer / Camera:

Christian Baumeister

Editor:

Benedict Mirow


Music: 

Tobias Hofmann


Production:

LIGHT & SHADOW

Clients:

ZDF, Arte, Discovery Communications

Their wool is finer than any other in the world. Paradoxically the fine fur, which ensured their survival in an extremely demanding habitat over thousands of years, nearly brought an end to the species. Vicuñas - sacred in Inca times, later hunted close to extinction - a story of downfall and glory of both a species and a human culture alike. 

But this is not only a story of human exploitation and miraculous survival. It is also
an intimate portrait of a lively and beautiful animal living in the breathtaking surroundings of the High Andes, the mightiest mountains on the American continent. The camera follows both the serene and dramatic moments in the life of a vicuña family: battling males, courtship, mating and birth. And also narrow escapes from predators, such as the powerful puma.

Despite their harsh surroundings and their daily fight for survival, the situation for the vicuñas has not been better for centuries. Vicuña coats appear again on the catwalks of the most exclusive European fashion shows, but wild vicuña populations are recovering since - following an old Inca tradition - they are rounded up and carefully shorn alive.

 

AWARDS

 

Viva Vicuña

 

Festival de l'oiseau et de la nature, France, 2004

* SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

* PUBLIC PRIZE

 

IWFF Missoula, USA, 2004

* BEST CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT

* MERIT AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Festival International du Film ANIMAL Animalier, France, 2004

* PRIX RELATION HOMME

* FINALIST GRAND PRIX

* FINALIST PRIX DE LA MEILLEURE IMAGE

* FINALIST PRIX SPECIAL DU JURY

 

New York Festivals WINNER, USA, 2004

* FINALIST AWARD

 

Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute, France, 2003

* PRIX PAYSAGES

* 3è PRIX DE LA PROTECTION DE LA NATURE

 

Ökomedia, Germany, 2003  

* GOLDENER LUCHS BEST NATURE FILM

 

Jackson Hole, USA, 2003

* FINALIST NEWCOMER

 

Telenatura, Spain, 2003

* CONSERVATION AWARD

* SPECIAL JURY AWARD PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Ekofilm, Czech Republic, 2003

* FINALIST

 

Ekotopfilm, Slowakia, 2003

* PRICE OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

Olomouc, Slowakia, 2003

* FINALIST

 

FIFAD, Switzerland, 2003

* PRIX DE`L ENVIREMONT

 

Envirofilm, Slowakia, 2003

* FINALIST