A Film by Rosie Koch
Camera: Roland Gockel
To pick up a baby hedgehog turned his life upside down. When Massimo Vacchetta discovers little Ninna, he immediately adopts her and saves her from certain death. Since then, the veterinarian, whose specialty was caring for cattle, has found his vocation and opened a hedgehog refuge, which has become a real institution.
Nominated for the German Natural History Film Award 2022! :-)
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 colleagues, 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 communities to give a voice to salmon: "I think salmon are some of the most important things along this coast and I think we have to work very hard to make sure they are around forever!"