By Rosie Koch and Roland Gockel
Tom Synnatzschke (NDR Doclights)
Front and center of the film "Life of a Rhino" is a very personal portrait of a small Ugandan white rhino family: Malaika, mother of two year old Elias, is part of an intricate social network of the 31 rhinos she shares her bushland habitat with. Malaika and her son Elias have been inseparable for his entire young life. But when one day Malaika feels the first pang of labor, initiating the arrival of her next calf, everything changes. In a first time effort, „Life of a Rhino“ allows its audience to experience - close up - the birth of a baby rhino in the wild. Touching images reveal the subsequent, heart wrenching yet inevitable separation from their mother, Elias, the older sibling, has to endure. Just one example of f the surprisingly dramatic lives rhino lead, when left to their own devices.
Current developments in Uganda have forced Rhino Fund Uganda, an NGO who has been successfully protecting the rhino family for 15 years, to leave the premises of the Sanctuary, where the filming took place. If you would like to support the cause please sign the petition:
A film by Roland Gockel and Rosie Koch
For NDR, rbb, and Arte
Cityfoxes and rural foxes in Germany live very separate lifes. While they look basically the same, their sourroundings, habits and behavior is very different indeed. Foxes are an extreme example of high adaptabilty. They seem to thrive in open landscapes as well as in gardens and the concrete jungles we call cities. This documentary takes a close look at how they manage at all and what challenges these animals face respectively.
It took filmmakers Roland Gockel and Rosie Koch more than two years to earn the trust of some members of this very smart species. Their patience was rewarded by rare footage of the surprisingly devoted family life of city and country foxes alike, with all its challenges, dangers and joy.
A film by Rosie Koch and Roland Gockel
Stan Hutchings has been walking creeks along the north west coast of B.C. in Canada for almost 40 years. Literally no one knows the wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest as well as he does. His passion and his calling are salmon - the fish at the very center of the costal ecosystem. "Everything on this coast is connected to salmon in some way - from the grizzly bears and wolves right down to the insects and even the trees in the forest depend on salmon.". Every year from July to October, Stan is counting the salmon runs into creeks along the coast. His numbers are supposed to be used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to manage commercial fishing. But in recent years the government spends less and less money on salmon monitoring. Fewer and fewer patrolmen are checking on fisheries as salmon stocks are decreasing more and more. This year Stan is the last Creekwalker in an area that he used to monitor with five collegues, fisheries patrol boats, and guardians. All of this in times of climate change, with warming water in rivers and creeks and catastrophic events like the devastating land slides following unprecedented rain storms. Developments Stan is no longer ready to accept. He takes the future of creekwalking in his own hands: Stan is working with nature conservancies, salmon hatchery managers, and First Nations communties to give a voice to salmon: "I think salmon are some of the most imporant things along this coast and I think we have to work very hard to make sure they are around forever!"
A film by Rosie Koch and Roland Gockel
Produced by: Marco Polo Film AG
For: Ann-Christin Hornberger, ZDF/Arte
Part 1: The North - In Sinbad's Footsteps
Part 2: The South - Coastal Metropolis and Mountain Oases
A two part journey through Oman, an enchanting land straight out of the Arabian Nights. In this second episode: the Al-Wusta reserve, the incense trail and the city of Salalah.