The Movement Film Festival celebrates the ability and love to move freely in natural spaces. It recognises the reality of a great threat that the planet faces and that is the lack of biodiversity. Biodiversity depends on the freedom of movement for all species.
Through exploring, celebrating and educating about natural spaces the aim is to manifest a culture that values the environment better, and encourages a more conscious interaction with it.
Why is it important to enable biodiversity through corridors?
Due to the fragmentation of the biomes, there is thought to be only one free-roaming elephant, hiding in the Knysna Forests. The elephant is a keystone species and path maker. Without biodiversity, species are forced into inbreeding and all variety is lost, which is essential for evolution and homeostasis.
But this requires movement. The last free-roaming elephant of Knysna can be reunited with her herd in Addo, and opens the route to all species of animals, plants and insects and keep their existence rich. Find out more here.
The festival attempts to harness humankind’s privilege of movement to enable other species to share equal opportunity.
Unfold (17mins) – A 1136km traverse of the Cape Fold Mountains By Damien Schumann
In a time when humanity has conquered everything, imagine finding a forgotten mountain range in your backyard. Unfold chronicles the personal and physical journey of a photographer who attempts the first entire traverse of the 1136km Cape Fold Mountain Range. What starts as a radical idea for an adventure, becomes a deep engagement with one of the worlds most diverse biomes, and a confrontation with why someone would risk their life, alone, for a month, to know their backyard better.
Ridgeline running lends itself to a fast and light alpine style. This genre of movement provides access to some of South Africa’s harshest yet magnificent landscapes. Stepping into the unknown and ungoverned can be liberating, but also desperately challenging, and this film bares it all in an attempt to take an adventure back to the golden age of exploration.
The Privilege of Movement (17mins) – Following an ancient elephant migration path, because no other species can Directed by Clyde Berning and Damien Schumann. Produced by Joan Berning.
The greatest threat facing the planet today is the fragmentation of the landscape, which kills biodiversity, literally through inbreeding. The Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative is working to develop biodiversity corridors that link the three unfenced Mega Parks – The Addo Elephant, Baviaanskloof and Garden of Eden National Parks – so that all species of mammals, insects and plants alike can migrate as they have for centuries.
Ultra runners Clyde Berning and Damien Schumann decided to utilise their Privilege of Movement in November 2020 to run on behalf of all species that once followed this ancient elephant migration route between these parks, in the hope to reunite the last remaining elephant in the Garden Route National Park with her herd in the Addo. Teamed up with a Biology Conservationist and an Expedition Doctor, their adventure made for an insightful, moving and sometimes comical experience.
Rolling Mountains – North America (37mins) – The ultimate trail running road trip Directed by Damien Schumann, Produced by Ragna Debats and Pere Aurell
Pro trail runners Ragna Debats and Pere Aurell tackle the sixth continent in their global running adventure Rolling Mountains. Teamed up with their two dogs and daughter Onna, they spend six weeks living in a campervan and exploring North America’s best National Parks and trails.
All the while Ragna is preparing for her first 100-mile race at the Western States and is hoping for a podium finish amongst the worlds leading trail runners. If you have a travel bug and love the outdoors, this is all the inspiration you need.
- Dates – September 28 – October 2
- Where – Hillcrest Estate
- Visit their website for more information – www.capefold.co.za
- Ticket Sales – https://bit.ly/2XvLqrL
- Eden to Addo – https://edentoaddo.co.za
Picture: Facebook / Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative