Doc Shorts: Animal Kingdom
GARDENERS OF THE FOREST | Directed by Ceylan Carhoglu | USA | 14’
For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, there are around 400 elephants left in Laos. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also the loss for Laotian history and culture.
FIX AND RELEASE | Directed by Scott Dobson | Canada | 16’
Fix and Release explores a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario Canada as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before.
THE HORSE WHISPERER | Directed by Richard Millane | France | 5’
The Horse Whisperer is an immersive short film about the life of Jean François Pignon, a man from humble beginnings in the South of France, who was captivated as a teenager by Gazelle, a white horse his father gave him.
MELTING STARS | Directed by Kate Green | Canada | 15’
In 2013 scuba divers off the West coast of British Columbia discovered that the star fish were dying in the millions and suffering horrific deaths. Melting Stars unravels the mystery behind one of the most catastrophic species die offs in recorded history.
BIRD CITY LIGHTS | Directed by Zachary Finkelstein | Canada | 17’
An estimated one million migratory birds slam into Toronto’s glass buildings every year. Bird City Lights follows a day in the life of a bird rescuer as she scours the sidewalks, nooks and crannies of the financial district for fallen birds in the early hours of the morning.
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