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Il valore della biodiversità
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Il valore della biodiversità : Perù / Axel Gomille

[Sondrio] : Comune di Sondrio, 2019

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Abstract: Il documentario ci porta nel Parco Nazionale di Manu nel sud-est del Peru, regione con il più alto tasso di biodiversità al mondo. Le magnifiche foreste di questo parco sono purtroppo fortemente minacciate dal disboscamento, allevamenti, pesca eccessiva, piantagioni di coca e corsa all’oro. La progressiva scomparsa di specie in via di estinzione, come la lontra gigante, è uno dei segnali più allarmanti di un ecosistema che non riesce più a funzionare. Nonostante questo, addentrandoci nella foresta pluviale, troveremo una tribù indigena che vive di ciò che la natura le offre, senza contatti con il mondo esterno.

Lost kings of Bioko
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Lost kings of Bioko / Oliver Goetzl

Gulo film productions ; NDR naturfilm, 2019

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Abstract: Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and surrounded by dark ocean waters, inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth this terra incognita is called BIOKO. The ruler of this realm is one of the world's least known primate species, the drill. Historically revered, indigenous folklore tells us of a drill king who ruled the island’s forests, a place where drills still play a critical role in the health of an ecosystem known to scientists as a biodiversity hotspot. Bordering this kingdom is the black sand coastline, an ancient nesting ground for giant sea turtles and home to natural wonders. This film explores the secret lives of drills and their mysterious island home as we follow a family group and a newborn who discovers this tropical paradise with all its challenges for the first time.

Magical Iceland
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Magical Iceland / Jan Haft

Nautilusfilm, 2019

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Abstract: Volcanic activity has shaped Iceland’s rugged northern wilderness like no other place on earth; both above and below water. How do animals survive in this harsh terrain? What does it take to live among glaciers, deserts and volcanoes? And how do you cope with waters near boiling and close to freezing at the same time? These are the challenges of living on an island of extremes.

The value of species diversity
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The value of species diversity : Peru / Axel Gomille

ZDF, 2018

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Abstract: “The Value of Biodiversity – Peru” investigates Manu National Park in south-eastern Peru, which is home to the greatest variety of animal and plant species known to science. This is particularly noticeable where birds are concerned. 1030 different types inhabit Manú, about ten per cent of all the world’s bird species. 228 different mammals have been identified here: roughly four per cent of all mammal species world-wide. The park is also home to countless species of invertebrates. The area is so remote, it is even home to uncontacted indigenous people. Now these magnificent forests are under threat by logging and by drug cartels growing cocaine. Illegal gold mining contaminates the river system with mercury, poisoning people and wildlife. The disappearance of endangered species like the giant otter might not affect us in Europe. But they are signs that ecosystems are no longer functioning: systems which work as a global network and on which we depend for the air we breathe, for healthy food, for clean water. Conservation is no luxury. The basis of our very existence is at stake.

Grizzly encounters with Chris Morgan. The private life of bears
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Grizzly encounters with Chris Morgan. The private life of bears / Annette Scheurich

Marco Polo Film, 2018

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Abstract: Katmai’s extensive sedge meadows are like a lifeline for brown bears at a time when food is scarce for them. They attract Grizzlies in unusually high numbers, forcing them to congregate and tolerate each other in close proximity. It’s a challenge for these notorious loners... and an opportunity for bear researcher Chris Morgan. Able to observe them at close range, he witnesses bear society in full swing, from lonely youngsters getting to grips with life as adult brown bears, to anxious mothers trying to balance getting enough to eat with the security of their kids, boisterous youths ready to measure their fighting prowess, and love-sick males in hot pursuit of females ready to mate. Commentating with wit and in-depth knowledge, Chris explores the private lives of Katmai’s bears in unprecedented detail, and exposes different personalities, strategies and social bonds. It soon becomes clear how individual each bear is, and how adaptable they all are to the challenges posed by the unusual and surprising bear habitat on the Katmai coast. Above all, in order to succeed here, it’s essential to understand the rules of bear etiquette and social order - a skill that is passed on from mothers to cubs through the generations. Entertaining, informative and gripping, Chris Morgan takes us on a thrilling excursion into the world of Katmai’s brown bears.

Macro worlds. Winter is coming
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Macro worlds. Winter is coming / Lothar Frenz

Taglichtmedia, 2017

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Abstract: As soon as the days get cold and dark insects begin to disappear from the meadows and fields. Their sum and hum slowly fades away and will finally be gone. All animals have their special ways to survive winter. Migrating birds like swallows and cranes fly towards south, a lot of mammals like deer get a thick winter fur or hide away and sleep where it’s warm. But what do insects do? And why are they all back in spring? This documentary shows how insects living directly in front of our doorstep get through the cold days. In extravagant nature shots the different and most fascinating strategies will be revealed. Ladybugs for example gather with hundreds at safe places and survive ice and snow thanks to some kind of antifreeze mixture in their blood. Hornets let their whole tribe die, but not without having themselves a last rush with fermented berries; only young queens hibernate in the ground and start a new tribe in spring. Bees by contrast collect nectar and pollen all summer long. They need it to make honey and thus heat their hive when it gets cold and feed the whole tribe. However, unnecessary eaters get killed before the cold comes. Many insects are capable of the most amazing things. Just like migrating birds some are able to fly for thousands of miles. The red admiral, a colorful butterfly for example, flies over 1.5 thousand miles high alpine passes to hibernate in warmer areas in the south of Europe. Other butterflies only start hatching when it starts to freeze and most insects have already died or disappeared. Their only aim is to pair and lay eggs. They die without even eating once. Due to high-class macro and close-up lenses, very fine camera work and slow-motion shots this documentary stands up with technically brilliant and high definition shots in 4K. They uncover an outstanding wonderland that usually stays unseen for human eyes and reveal unique and intimate moments from the secret life of the tiny crawling animals. There will be stag beetles with their enormous mandibles spending the winter lying on their back inside a cold pupated hollow deep underground; earwigs giving an impression of their outstanding and touching brood care. They live in breeding chambers under ground, which they defend and care for selflessly. There will be pictures, so unique as even scientists say they have never seen these special creatures like this before.

Macro worlds. God's darlings
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Macro worlds. God's darlings : beetles / Lothar Frenz

Taglichtmedia, 2017

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Abstract: The Scottish evolutionary biologist, John Haldane once said the creator must have „an inordinate fondness for beetles.“ Beetles are extremely rich in species and very successful, as they inhabit earth for more than 240 million years. There are around 380.000 kinds of beetles known to scientists and every year hundreds of species are discovered. One fourth of the world’s animals are beetles. They have conquered almost every corner and every habitat on the planet and they have survived every global disaster. What is it that makes them so successful? The cockchafer seems to be the prototype of the beetle. It owns a compact body; its abdomen and wispy hind wings lay under its robust front wings, where they are well armored. Bugs like the Cockchafer often seem clumsy, however their body happens to be hugely successful. Today we know from amber inclusions that many beetles have hardly changed for millions of years. In the course of their evolution, beetles have conquered almost every habitat. They even adapted to a life under water. The great diving beetle is a great swimmer and a famous water predator. However it needs to get to the surface to breathe. It uses its hard wings like a scuba tank and traps the air beneath its wing case. That makes it possible to dive for around half an hour. In contrast to many other insects, beetles were successful in using every available food source. Some are herbivores, others, are dangerous predators. Some beetle’s larvae eat wood, but they even live on dung and carrion. To keep their food safe, some beetles have evolved amazing ways of behavior: The Sisyphus Dung Beetle can form dung balls up to ten times its own weigh and maneuver them over rough and steep terrain. Burying Beetles can bury carcasses of mice and birds in a sort of crypt in the ground. The film looks at the most successful order of animals on the planet. Due to high-class macro and close-up lenses and slow-motion shots the documentary will give an insight into the world of domestic beetles. It will show fascinating behaviors, which usually stay hidden.

Wildes Deutschland
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Wildes Deutschland : das Erzgebirge / Uwe Müller

Capricornum film, 2017

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Abstract: The Eurasian water shrew hunts in its mountain streams, black cocks court and the peregrine falcon nests in rock crevices. The Ore Mountain Range offer divers habitats between mud volcanos and cold air pockets. Many specialists survive here: the water bear, an eight-legged micro-animal, even frozen. In the Ore Mountains, genesis, growth and decay are determined by the power of water. It has ground rocks, carved caves and valleys. And it has created peat bogs – important niches for the aquatic diving bell spiders, or the moorland clouded yellow that can’t exist without bog bilberries.

Wild Caribbean
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Wild Caribbean : rhythms of life : whales and volcanoes / Florian Guthknecht

Flowmotion film, 2017

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Abstract: Vulcanism, on the one hand a cause for the biodiversity of the Caribbean, also means a great danger. On the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe, this natural phenomenon has many faces: boiling lakes, toxic sulfur eruptions, bubbling flat underwater volcanoes like the famous Champagne Reef and, in thousands of meters, the black smokers in the deep sea. But precisely because the titanic forces from the earth's heart are so fast, they also open up new niches. In this way, an animal and plant world could emerge which is untypical for the Caribbean, both above and below water. Gigantic Leather back turtles – up to three meters in length - lay their eggs in the black volcano sand. On the steep mountain slopes of the volcanoes enormous frogs and insects, like the over 15 cm long rhino beetle, could develop during the course of the evolution. Almost every one of the deeply incised valleys is home to species of animals which exist only here. Because of these special conditions special behavioral forms could also arise. The sperm whales of Dominica eat smaller squid than elsewhere, dive much more often per day and live differently than their fellow-species in direct coastal proximity. But their population is shrinking seemingly unstoppable. If the development is not stopped, there will probably be no sperm whale in 2030. The same applies to the turtles and the giant frogs, which are still being hunted here. The documentation is not just a journey to these unique animals. The shooting also accompanies locals and scientists who try to stop the destructive developments.

White wolves, ghosts of the Arctic
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White wolves, ghosts of the Arctic / Oliver Goetzl

Gulo film productions ; NDR naturfilm, 2017

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Abstract: At Canada’s northernmost edge lies a remote and barren wilderness, where few animals are tough enough to survive: Ellesmere Island. Ghosts of the Arctic follows a family of wolves as they struggle to raise their pups in this unforgiving environment. Set within a stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains and ice-locked fjords, this documentary offers a glimpse into a world that’s rarely been seen before. At its core, a wolf pack is a large extended family where everyone must work together to survive. Snow White and Alpha – the pack’s mother and father – have lead their family through the dark and frigid winter months, and they now embark on a new challenge: to raise their pups in the brief arctic summer.

Macro worlds. Meadow of horror
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Macro worlds. Meadow of horror / Lothar Frenz

Taglichtmedia, 2017

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Abstract: It is horror! It is murder! Brutal death as well as exciting fights with an exceptional last-minute rescue. If you like thrilling horror movies you will love this documentary. And after seeing it – you will know the creepiest spot is actually the meadow in your neighbourhood. With stylistic devices from the horror genre this extraordinary nature documentary takes you on a journey following a well-known hero with six legs, red wings and seven black dots through a seemingly normal meadow – but full of monsters.

Grizzly encounters with Chris Morgan. The hunger challenge
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Grizzly encounters with Chris Morgan. The hunger challenge / Annette Scheurich

Marco Polo Film, 2017

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Abstract: When spring arrives on Alaska’s Katmai coast, it’s time for brown bears to emerge from their winter slumber. But this is no ordinary bear habitat – this is bear paradise: an unusual combination of rich food sources draws more Grizzlies together on its lush sedge meadows, extensive mudflats and rushing rivers than anywhere else on Earth. It makes Katmai the perfect place for bear biologist Chris Morgan to experience Grizzly behaviour up close. Since brown bears are protected here, they are not shy around humans and approach to within a few metres. At the beginning of the bear-year, food is the main thing on the bears’ minds, from grazing on sedge grasses to digging for clams, scavenging on carcasses, even predating on young bear cubs … securing the next meal is an absolute priority until the salmon runs in late summer provide a welcome reprieve. Surrounded by wild Grizzlies of all ages and personalities, Chris grants us a rare glimpse into their daily lives, their triumphs and tribulations. His tongue-in-cheek approach remains informative throughout, explores the bears’ personas and demolishes the widespread notion of the aggressive and deadly beast. Engaging, exciting, funny and sad all wrapped into one, Chris Morgan brings us a step closer to the realities of life as a brown bear.

Zugvögel
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Zugvögel : Kundschafter in fernen Ländern / Freddie Röckenhaus

Colourfield tell a vision, 2017

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Abstract: Billions of birds perish every year while migrating, dying of hunger, thirst, exhaustion and environmental poisons. Others fall victim to hunters, windmills and power lines. Predators attack them in the air and while they’re sleeping. But why do birds then go through the hardships of migration year after year? How has bird migration changed over the generations? How do barnacle geese find their way from the River Ems in northern Germany to the Arctic Circle? How does a young stork know how to get to Africa, who was never there before? “Migrating Birds – Scouting unknown land” accompanies with breathtaking aerial footage our white storks on their first trip over France and Spain, the huge waters of the Strait of Gibraltar and the dangerous Sahara in order to reach Kenia and Tanzania.

Darkwoods
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Darkwoods : where nature survives / Angelika Sigl, Karl Teuschl

Text und Bild, 2017

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Abstract: Half a century ago the German Duke Carl von Württemberg purchased a 55.000-hectare parcel of land in the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. He baptized his holdings after his native Black Forest, "Darkwoods", and managed the forests in the lonely region sustainably. Until today the barely accessible mountain ranges are home to rare mountain caribou, grizzly bears and wolves as well as special birds. Just a few years ago now, the area returned to Canadian ownership – bought by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). They want to preserve Darkwoods with its unique flora and fauna, but also want it to be a showcase region of Canada. They get help from Gerry the Stream Keeper, Cory the bat researcher, Adrian the botanist and Leo the caribou scientist. The film takes the viewer into the near impassable “Black Forest of Canada” with it’s ecosystems of old growth valleys and alpine meadows, and shows its unrivaled nature through the seasons of a year – a wonderful part of Canada, now preserved forever.

Lemming
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Lemming : the little giant of the North / Zoltan Török

NDR naturfilm, 2017

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Abstract: They are small. They are angry. And every four year or so they appear in masses seemingly from nowhere. Meet the Norway lemming, perhaps the most misunderstood and mysterious animal of the Scandinavian mountains. The film follows the unfolding ecological thriller of the exploding lemming population that creates a domino effect in the entire Nordic nature. Finally it inevitably leads to a dramatic climax with the crash of the lemming population and then a sudden lack of prey for the predators ...

Megeti
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Megeti : Africa's lost wolf / Yann Sochaczewski, Henry M. Mix

Altayfilm, 2017

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Abstract: „Megeti – Africa’s Lost Wolf“ tells the touching story of a lone Ethiopian wolf who lost her pack and is left to fend for herself, wandering across the highlands, until suddenly the story takes a dramatic turn. The Roof of Africa is home to the last of the world’s Ethiopian Wolves. Inhabiting a spectacular landscape 13,000 feet above see level, life for this highly endangered species is anything but ordinary. Up here, sun and rain clouds battle for supremacy and icy winds twist their way through the leathery leaves of lobelia. When the night brings frost, there is nothing that reminds you of the Africa most commonly known. For the young wolf to survive, it is vital that she finds a new family and this quest pushes her into foreign territory, occupied by cattle breeders and other wolves. Her attempts to be accepted into a new pack are risky, but the better hunting grounds and group protection are too tempting. Following Megeti’s daily efforts to connect with a new pack, the camera captures a variety of moments with depth and sensitivity, eventually arriving at the moment when the wolf’s perseverance is rewarded. However, the success story doesn’t last long and when an unwelcome guest arrives, the narrative takes a dramatic turn. Combining a unique and intimate predator portrait, as well as widely unknown landscapes and high-end photography, this is a film experience about an Africa rarely seen on TV.

Il Caucaso minore
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Il Caucaso minore : fra Ararat e Mar Caspio / Henry M. Mix

[Sondrio : Comune di Sondrio], 2017

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Abstract: Separato dal Grande Caucaso soltanto da una profonda depressione il Caucaso Minore ospita un insieme di animali e piante che vivono all’interno di antichi e sorprendenti paesaggi culturali. Questa regione corrisponde al punto di impatto della placca tettonica araba, che spinge il Grande Caucaso sempre più in alto, e include gli ambienti più diversi, dal rovente deserto rosso ai gelidi altopiani, con una biodiversità paragonabile a quella dei tropici. Più ridotto per dimensioni e più basso di quota della sua controparte settentrionale il Caucaso Minore forma un’estesa area di altopiani fra il monte Ararat e la catena iraniana dell’Elburz. Qui, fra valli e bibliche montagne innevate, si trovano foreste di ginepro, steppe, laghi poco profondi e zone semidesertiche. La regione è popolata da gatti della giungla, sciacalli dorati, capre del Bezoar e mufloni armeni, oltre che dai rari e endemici tetraogalli del Caspio e del Caucaso.

On the banks of the river Nile
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On the banks of the river Nile / by Michael Gregor

Doc Station ; ZDF, 2016

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Abstract: No other river has inspired so many legends. No other river, apart from the Nile, dominates the country it flows through to such a great extent. Those who draw away from its banks arrive at the endlessness of desert. A bird’s eye view shows just how dependent people are on the world’s longest river. A solitary green belt runs from Sudan to the north through Egypt, which is sustained alone by the waters of this mighty stream. With opulent images, the 3-part documentary On the Banks of the river Nile tells of magnificent landscapes and fascinating people. We visit the cradle of a great civilization – one whose structures continue to amaze us to this day. The Nile Valley, located between the Aswan Dam and the Mediterranean coast, has changed a lot over the past years. A sharp downturn in tourism and the houghtless treatment of nature is threatening the basis of people’s livelihoods here. And a social awakening as well as religious conflicts have also left their mark. This film series sets out in search of extraordinary people and their by now often rare skills. It features touching stories about how the riverside dwellers manage their lives between tradition and revival using imagination and creativity. A multilayered portrait about contemporary Egypt emerges – with surprising viewpoints on hidden and familiar well-trodden places alike.

Wildes Deutschland
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Wildes Deutschland : die Isar : der letzte Wildfluss / Jürgen Eichinger

Jürgen Eichinger Filmproduktion, 2016

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Abstract: In ihrem Oberlauf fließt die Isar in einem weiten Bett zwischen den steil aufragenden Bergen des Karwendels dahin. Hier hat sich eine Flusslandschaft erhalten, die in Deutschland einzigartig ist. Die Isar bietet entlang dieser Strecke heute noch ein Bild, wie es wohl alle Alpenflüsse nach der Eiszeit geboten haben. Der Film zeigt, welche abwechslungsreichen und zum Teil sehr seltenen Lebensräume die Isar auf ihren ersten 60 Kilometern durchfließt und warum sie als letzter großer Wildfluss Deutschlands gilt. Kein anderer Fluss besitzt noch eine derartige Dynamik. Ein echtes Naturjuwel, das leider auch massiv bedroht ist. Where the Isar flows in a wide bed between the steep mountains of the Karwendel, a river landscape has been preserved, which is unique in Germany. The Isar offers along this route today still a picture, as all the alpine rivers after the ice age have offered. The film shows the diversified and partly very rare habitats the Isar flows through on its first 60 kilometres and why it is the last major wild river in Germany. No other river has such a dynamic. A real natural jewel that is unfortunately also massively threatened.

Whales
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Whales : lost in the ocean / Torsten Mehltretter

Mehltretter Media, 2016

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Abstract: To see a sperm whale swimming in the sea is a magical moment for most of the people. But it’s a tragedy if they are dying. When 30 young male sperm whales ended up dead on the coast of the North-Sea in 2016 a Group of German scientists started for searching the clues. What was the reason for the giants of the ocean to die at the beach? Is mankind responsible for the death of the whales? Can humans help the whales to find the right ways for their migration? Research in the Baltic Sea gave some answers. But helping the whales - is a race against the time.