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In conjunction with World Biodiversity Day in May, in its second month of screening digitally, KLEFFLix aims to bring attention to films that convey messages and information about wildlife conservation. As many are aware, wildlife is increasingly facing threats by human activities, climate change and other factors, which is one of the global crises urgently seeking for our attention to mitigate and restore a healthy ecosystem.
Let’s take time during the pandemic to embark on a global adventure through the films to explore and learn more about wildlife conservation. Below, you can find a selection of these films to a refreshingly upbeat look at the wildlife conservation issue.
Desert Seas (2013, Saudi Arabia) By Mark Wheeler, Simon Nash, Dominic WestonDuration: 46:07Genre: Long DocumentaryAlong the east and west coasts of Saudi Arabia are two seas that contain a treasure of marine life that few knew existed — and even fewer had ever seen. The Arabian Gulf was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, and the Red Sea’s history goes back even further.
How Wildlife Trade Is Linked To Outbreaks – COVID-19, MERS & SARS (2017, Singapore) by Genevieve Woo (producer)Duration: 04:16Genre: Short DocumentaryChina has banned the wildlife trade nationwide due to COVID-19, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan. Like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which was traced to bats and civets – and MERS, Ebola and bird flu in recent times – the novel coronavirus that has killed thousands in China is believed to have come from wildlife – sold illegally at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Are humans doomed to more outbreaks of future diseases so long as we continue to live in close proximity with wildlife?
Richmond Park National Nature Reserve (2017, UK) by George ChanDuration: 20:05Genre: Short DocumentaryA look into how nature reserves like Richmond Park help to conserve nature and wildlife among busy cities like London.
Living With Wildlife (2017, Canada) by Leanne AllisonDuration: 23:27Genre: Short Documentary The Bow Valley of AB, Canada is the busiest place in the world where people and grizzly bears still coexist. ‘Living with Wildlife’ is a 25 minute documentary that tells the hopeful story of how communities in the Bow Valley have come together over the past 20 years in order to coexist with grizzly bears and other wildlife.
Homes (2015, Malaysia) by Nur Fara Emiera
Genre: Short Documentary
Follow the journey of the strong willed independent organizations that fight to conserve and preserve the local endangered species in Malaysia.
Stolen apes (2019, USA) by Colin SystmaDuration: 18:00Genre: Short DocumentaryA heartbroken documentary film that exposes the world of illegal great ape trade. Baby apes are stolen from their mothers in the wild and sold into what is in effect slavery. They are shipped out of their forest homes to become exotic pets in the Middle East or to the Far East where they are trained to become circus performers, ending up broken and alone in barren cages.
Stolen Apes- Buanoi (2019, USA) by Colin SystmaDuration: 10:42Genre: Short DocumentaryThis documentary captures the life of the only gorilla in Thailand that has spent the last 30 years in a concrete cage on the 7th floor of a high rise zoo. One Thai woman is looking to change that.
We hope that the selected films will provide you, the viewers, with both entertainment and an unveiled appreciation for environmental issues and climate education. EcoKnights and the KLEFFlix team shall strive to curate high quality films and pieces for our beloved subscribers.
Naturally, our main mission and vision consists of inspiring sustainable living in members of our society. We hope that the selection of this month’s theme, ‘Wildlife Conservation’ may spark a deep interest for the environment in both our KLEFFlix users and the wider communities EcoKnights interacts with. May our future themes focused on in KLEFFlix also cultivate a dedication to the preservation of our natural environments.
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