Directed by: Stuart J. Tanner
USA, 2019 RT: 49:11
In the 1980s Costa Rica was on the verge of losing its forests and biodiversity and becoming just another country in a long list that has had its natural resources and wealth ripped out and sold off without seeing tangible benefits for the country itself. It is a familiar story. But this is not the story of Costa Rica. Over the last few decades, Costa Rica saved restored its forests while providing employment and financial security for its people. It is a story that can inspire the world and show a path to both protecting the ecological wealth and diversity of a nation while providing much-needed income and employment. This is the story of how they did it.
Directed by: Patrick Centurioni
Austria, 2019 RT: 45:00
German, English subtitles
The film “Wild Innsbruck” leads viewers along an often poorly defined boundary between two worlds, describing the inevitable encounters between humans and animals in the Alpine region. We encounter chamois, ibex, stoats, and ptarmigans, all of which are faced with changes in their habitats, with different effects from species to species. Stoats use corridors of artificial snow as their hunting ground for better camouflage. Chamois have discovered quarries as a new habitat, living between excavators and trucks. Sensitive species like rock ptarmigans, on the other hand, suffer from human disturbance. And then, just beyond the next ridge, Innsbruck’s mountains bedazzle us with astonishing wilderness and exciting behavior of wild animals. We get to witness the hatching of owlfly larvae, filmed for the first time.
Directed by: John Azoni, Samia Staehle
USA, 2018 RT: 39:00
An inside look at the only Olympic sport to involve male, female, and animal participants. The sport of show jumping relies on the unique relationship between horse and rider. In Desert Flight, we see why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life.
Directed by: Randy Caspersen
USA, 2020 RT: 40:00
Inspired by the decline of monarch butterflies in the Midwestern prairie, a gardener, educator, and pastor transform a rural church’s backyard into a sanctuary for pollinating animals, an educational garden for the community, and sacred space for spiritual contemplation.
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