"Rooted: The Hollow Heart", produced and directed by Barend Van Der Watt. Executive Producers: Dereck and Beverly Joubert. North America Premiere at 2019 WCFF in New York, NY. Ten days of over 100 documentary films with panel discussion, networking, receptions, field trips and more. Films will represent over 40 nations as in previous years, with over 50 international filmmakers in attendance. To purchase discount film festival passes for the 9th annual WCFF visit: wcff.org/nyc-festival-2019/
This is the incredible story of a tree that has been around for Eight hundred years… that can withstand the harshest conditions. and that is more loved by insects, birds and animals than any other… the enormous Baobab, Rooted on the savannah in Zimbabwe. Baobabs are trees that can withstand extreme drought by storing water in their trunks. This makes them a valuable commodity for elephants during the drier seasons, which breaks off pieces of the tree, which they will eat, damaging the Baobab. Fortunately Baobabs have the ability to heal them selves over time. This is how the tree with “The Hollow Heart” came to be.
The Baobab hosts and supports a variety of insects, birds and mammals. Small birds like Buffalo weavers and Bee-eaters build their nests in the branches of baobabs, while larger birds, like the endangered White-backed Vulture will build their nest in forks on top of the tree. In the tree’s trunk, families of Squirrels, Hornbills and Woodpeckers take up residency. In spring, Giraffe and various species of antelope will browse on baobab leaves.
White, sweetly scented flowers hang from long drooping stalks. Baobab trees’ primary pollinators are believed to be fruit bats that pollinate the flowers at night there is no record of this in Southern Africa. Bush-babies pollinate the flowers at night when drinking the nectar. Wasps and African honeybees also are also attracted to the flowers, and the bees sometime construct their nest in the hollows in the tree.
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