"Emerald Islands of Malaysia", produced and directed by Oliver Page, with Backward Roll Productions. World premiere screening at the 2019 WCFF in New York, NY. The nine year anniversary of the WCFF is October 17-27, 2019. Ten days of film screenings, panel discussions, receptions, field trips, networking and more.
The islands of Malaysia are jewels of the natural world, ecological paradises where ancient rainforests cascade down mountains into crystal clear seas. Each is a haven for wildlife, each boasts its own story. Many of these archipelagos have been wildlife refuges for millions of years.
The episode features a number of enigmatic species both above and below the water. From silvered langurs caring for their orange babies and fire ants tending their mealy bug herds to mud skippers and electric blue fiddler crabs fighting on the mangrove shores. We learn of orchid mantis mimicry, one of nature’s most stunning insects, and see the dangers the males face as they try to mate with the much larger and very hungry females. As we venture into the reef beneath the waves we meet the tiny goby fish that shares its burrow with a near blind shrimp and we are immersed in the technicoloured world of anemones and the fish that have evolved to live safely within their stinging tentacles.
The episode also explores the larger concepts of how islands are populated and their often strange evolutionary history. We learn about the unusual physiology of the mangrove trees and the vital role they play as engineers of the coastal ecosystems. We explore symbiotic relations between unexpected creatures and touch on concepts of evolutionary history.
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