European Wilderness Society

This week: Wildlife Film Festival 2018 in Rotterdam

This week is the next edition of the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. From the 24th until the 28th of October, visitors will be able to watch some of the best international works on screen. In this edition you can see a stunning number of 58 films and documentaries. We highlight a few works, read more and find tickets on the WFFR website.

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World – 59 min

Hanging like an emerald jewel off the western edge of Europe, Ireland has always been a place apart – the last scrap of rock before the void of the Atlantic Ocean. Never conquered by the Romans, Ireland was for millennia the very edge of the known world for Europeans and the last stop for countless animals before they disappeared into the mists of the western ocean on their journeys of life. As never captured before, this film features Ireland’s west coast and wildlife wonders. Hosted by wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford–Johnson who gives intimate personal insights into the wild animals and wild places he discovers along his way.

WAD – 95 min

WAD amazes the viewer and shows how special but vulnerable the Dutch Wadden region is, on a global scale. From small organisms at the bottom of the food chain, such as diatoms and shellfish, to the peregrine falcon and the gray seal at the top of the food chain: the film shows the special aesthetic aspects of the area. It is a film that shows how dynamic, grand and valuable this UNESCO World Heritage Site is.

STROOP – 123 min

The film is a special story of rangers, prosecutors, veterinarians, activists, caretakers of a shelter for rhino-orphans, private owners of the animals, forensic experts and special police units. The in-depth investigation of the women into the trade in horn was not without danger. The makers traveled with special police units from the South African Kruger Park and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal (where the poaching is most severe) to the back rooms of armed smugglers in China and Vietnam. The result is an extremely valuable document that challenges and shocks the viewer and shows moving images of the dozens of people who are committed to the conservation of the endangered rhinoceros. Through unprecedented material, the makers show to the South Africans and the world that this hunted species deserves a dignified life, free from exploitation by illegal traders, poachers, moneywolves and corrupt governments.

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