MACAW KINGDOM - (wildlife, science - 52' HD, 2018)
After years of preparation, zoologist George Olah finally got what he wanted. A special permission from the government of Peru. The 50+ page document gave him access to the Holy Grail of parrot researchers: the Candamo Basin, in the Peruvian Amazon. A place where wildlife exists without any human disturbance since the beginning of times. Surrounded by the foothills of the Andes, the Candamo Basin hosts one of the very few uninhabited tropical rainforest of the world. Not even native tribes had settled here and decades had passed since the last camera team dared to sail the hostile rapids of the Candamo river.
In February, 2016 the 9 member of an international scientific expedition finally got onboard of an Amazonian motorized canoe. It took 4 days for them to reach the location. After setting up their base camp in the jungle, researchers climbed giant trees, investigated nest hollows, captured and tagged young macaws and collected blood samples and feathers for genetic analysis. But doing serious scientific work in the Amazon is no easy feat. Jaguars visit the camp, wasps attack the climbers and parasites hunt and bite every free piece of skin. Despite all the challenges the team returns to the lab with the invaluable samples that can help us understand the natural history of the world’s most ancient parrot population.
Filmjungle production crew had been working with George Olah for years. Co-director and camerawoman Cintia Garai spent months on location and collected valuable footage and field knowledge. The Candamo expedition was funded by the Innovate Peru grant and the film production crew was sent to location with the support of the Media Council of Hungary.
FILMJUNGLE.EU and WILDLIFE MESSENGERS present the MACAW KINGDOM featuring the scientific work of GEORGE OLAH, DONALD BRIGHTSMITH, ROBERT HEINSOHN, MARK BOWLER, VARUN SWAMY narrated by NICK THORPE written by ATTILA DAVID MOLNAR cinematography by BALAZS TISZA, CINTIA GARAI edited by ATTILA DAVID MOLNAR sound ISABELA DLUZYK musical editor ZSOLT TAMAS graphics by ERIK VIDOS, EMESE SILIMON still photography NADIA DRAKE special thanks to KURT HOLLE produced by ATTILA DAVID MOLNAR, GEORGE OLAH, ZSOLT MARCELL TOTH co-director CINTIA GARAI directed by ATTILA DAVID MOLNAR distibuted by PAULINE MAZENOD windrose.fr