The Film: "Elephants-Breaking Boundaries"
This is a story of vision, struggle, hope, and one man’s dream
to bring freedom to Africa’s elephants. The film is an extraordinary
journey with Dr. Mike Chase, Motswana ecologist, raised in Africa’s
harsh wilderness. He talks passionately of his dream to create a
scenario he calls “Elephants Without Borders” - a system
of contiguous migratory corridors - that could bring freedom for
a hundred thousand elephants to range across Africa, along centuries-old
trails that were once a lifeline before mankind drew lines on a
are with Mike on his adventures, following him through the struggles
and barriers that both he and the elephants have to face in search
of new places for elephants to live. We follow his journey as he
tracks collared elephants from Botswana through Namibia and Zambia
to Angola’s southern wilderness. We follow the routes of three
elephants Max, Bontle and Ntombo across the region, from the great
northern rivers to the Okavango Delta, Tsodilo Hills and
across the hostile Magkadikgadi Salt Pans. Dramatic events unfold
when these elephants encounter obstacles to their movements.
We come to share his extraordinary vision, to bring down the barriers
which blockade traditional migration routes, to dissolve international
borders, to open up new elephant havens, to help restore devastated
war-zones, and lead the way for elephants to a new sanctuary, a
trans-frontier conservation area without man-made borders. In time,
elephants will become the gentle ambassadors, the iconic flagship
species, for a whole new cycle of regeneration, in the midst of
an Africa challenged by war, poverty, disease, and a heavy human
Elephants Without Borders, is an important contribution
to understanding and respecting elephants and nature. The extraordinary
imagery and the compelling and objectively presented information
makes Elephants Without Borders essential viewing for anyone interested
in natural history.
documentary was produced by Mike Holding and Tania Jenkins of Afriscreen
Films for the BBC Natural History Unit and Animal Planet. Botswana
based AfriScreen Films is a high-end natural history production
and facilitation company specializing in African wildlife.
Afriscreen used state-of-the-art, high-definition
cameras to capture Botswana’s vast and impressive natural
features. The Heli-Gimble, a high-definition camera mounted at the
base of a helicopter was used to capture the epic aerial scenes.
The combination of high-definition cameras and unique photography
beautifully enhance Botswana’s naturals and diverse landscapes.
Mike Holding’s exceptionally high level of
cinematography makes this program stunning and inspiring. The film
is visually appealing, portrays many facets of elephant life with
excellent elephant footage, has superior graphics, powerful music
and is intellectually stimulating. He managed to combine a historical
perspective, good basic information, with clear, dramatic visuals
making this film an excellent portrayal of Elephants Without Borders’s
study on elephant movements.
Elephants Without Borders, the film
Filmmakers for Conservation:
"Elephants Without Borders" won 2nd prize for Best International
Contribution! at the 2009 NaturVision Film Festival.
Download or read the film review written by L. Pfotenhauer in April
2009's Peolwane magazine (click here)
In the UK, aired on BBC Natural World: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hhf6f#broadcasts
In the USA, shown on Animal Planet Network’s Wild Kingdom,
under the title "Elephants: Breaking Boundaries":
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