Series 14 - New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
4th Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
A unique conservation, cultural and entertainment event.
Sunday, October 20
"Zolushka, Siberian tiger release in Russia"
* World Premiere
Meet Zolushka the luckiest tiger in the world. This orphaned Siberian tigress was left to fend for herself when she was only a few months old her mother likely killed by poachers. Less than 400 of these rare creatures exist in the wild the survival of the species literally hangs in the balance with each individual animal. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare worked with partners in far east Russia to rescue and rehabilitate this amazing animal. Watch as this incredibly rare tiger is released and returned to its wild habitat. For more info, visit: http://ifaw.org
"Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story"
Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer
The dramatic telling of Joy and George Adamson becoming surrogate parents to orphaned lion cub Elsa, and her eventual release back into the wild, sold millions of copies. The successful film based on the book won two Academy Awards. Virginia McKenna and her husband, Bill Travers, portrayed the Adamsons in the 1966 film, and McKenna received a Golden Globe nomination.
In "Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story", Nature" goes behind the scenes of "Born Free" to examine the landmark story. The documentary takes viewers through challenges in making "Born Free" and the real-life drama of the Adamsons as pioneering conservationists. "Nature" revisited the people featured in the movie, including McKenna. Illuminated by George Adamson's journal entries, archival home movies and conversations with the Adamsons' close confidants, the film reveals shifting attitudes about conservation and their impact on lions in Africa.
But behind all the bright lights and public success lies the actual day-to-day story of the Adamsons' life with Elsa. Diaries, home movies and detailed records reveal the real difficulties faced by the Adamsons as they began and continued their pioneering work with lions despite changing perceptions of their work and the increasing dangers around them. Recollections of Virginia McKenna and others who knew and worked with the Adamsons reshape the story told fifty three years ago, retelling it as it really happened, and with no fairy tale ending. But Elsa's legacy lives on as a touchstone for all who would speak for and work to support the freedom and welfare of wild animals everywhere.
* Q & A with Will Travers, Jr. Chairman, Born Free Foundation
** Q & A with Virginia McKenna,
Founder, Born Free Foundation andBAFTA and Olivier Award Winning Actress
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!|