Series 10 - New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
4th Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
A unique conservation, cultural and entertainment event.
Saturday, October 19
"The Drill Project (El Proyecto del Mono Dril"
Justin Jay and Dr. Shaya Honarvar, Producers
40 minutes Language: Spanish (subtitled in English)
Country: Equatorial Guinea
* World Premiere
El Proyecto del Mono Drill is a conservation film that brings awareness to the drill monkey (M. leucophaeus poensis) and other wildlife of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. Broadcasting for the first time ever images of wild drills, the film tells a tale about their biology while set within the beautiful forests of southern bioko. Drills are one of the largest species of monkeys in the world and are currently facing their toughest challenge to survival as their habitat is disappearing and hunting increases to the demand of the bush meat trade.
"The Bonobo Connection"
Irene A. Magafan, Producer
Narrated by Ashley Judd
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
* New York Premiere
Journey into a corrupt world, full of habitat destruction, political war, civil unrest and illegal hunting and you will find one of the most peaceful beings on Earth, the bonobo. The Bonobo Connection is a documentary about a forgotten relative: the bonobo. Most people have never heard of a bonobo and don't know they exist. Aside from chimpanzees, they are the closest blood relatives to humans, and in the wild they can only be found in one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. Bonobos were the last of the great apes to be discovered but could be the first to go extinct due to the dangers they are facing in the wild: deforestation, being hunted for bush meat, and getting caught in the middle of a war zone from the country's political instability.
This film will take you on an emotional journey into the lives of these forgotten apes. You will meet a family of bonobos living at the Columbus Zoo in Powell, Ohio; absorb their stories of perseverance and learn of their family in the wild. Through their stories you will learn the history of bonobos, why so little is known about them, their condition in the wild and why they are vital to our planet's health and to the lives of humankind. These amazing apes have a unique gift of peace and cooperation that they use everyday as tools to enrich and sustain their lives. By understanding bonobos and how they live, humans can learn how to live more peaceful lives. Understanding this powerful, yet peace-loving species, is to reflect on our own origin and gain insights into how we communicate with one another.
* Q & A with Justin Jay and Irene Magafan
NYIT Auditorium (View)
1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd streets)
New York, NY 10023
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|