Two new films on wilderness: Lessons in Wilderness & Causa Carnivora
Jan Svatoš, the director and photographer, is a well known naturalist and filmmaker. Last year he won the Student Jury Award for his films Lessons in Wildness and Causa Carnivora. Since then the film travels from festival to festival and educate people of various profession and age.
Svatoš two latest documentaries are also about the return of animals to the wild – whether these are animals that we usually know as domesticated (wild ponies in Lessons in Wildness), or we see them as dangerous (large beasts of prey in Causa Carnivora).
The main protagonist of Lessons in Wildness is the Exmoor pony. The main subject of Causa Carnivora is the paradox of reintroduction of large predators in the wild.
The predators such as the lynx, wolf or bear are welcome by most conservationists because they naturally maintain natural balance in ecosystems, the public doesn’t like them at all. Public is feed by media with stories that bears come out of forests to search in the garbage bins while the wolves tear poor shepherds’ sheep into bits. In reality conservationists can feel themselves lucky when they manage to see a glimpse of the predator after a few days’ of demanding tracking.
The premiere of the Causa Carnivora will be on 13th of May 2016 at 7:00 pm in Velkého sálu Městské knihovny/Prague City Library, Prague, Czech Republic. The discussion will be moderate by Jan Svatoš (director) together with Miroslav Kutal (Hnutí DUHA Olomouc, Czech Republic) and Michal Babnič (National park Malá Fatra, Slovakia).
After premier in Prague, film will be the traveling throughout many regions of the Czech Republic. More detailed information can be found here.