Check back on July 31 for the 2020 Freeland Film Festival Feature and Shorts lineup.
Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world. Directed by Shannon Service & Jeffrey Waldron.
Interconnections: Everything is Connected 15 mins
Do you ever wonder if what you as an individual do really makes a difference? This short film weaves together inspiring stories about the Ripple Effects of our actions in an Interconnected world. Directed by Rose Madrone.
Flying with Spider Monkeys 8 mins
The population of spider monkeys is decreasing in Southern Mexico due to habitat encroachment and wildlife trafficking for the pet trade. Conservation scientist Denise Spaan and her multidisciplinary team of scientists are exploring a new way to detect and count the monkeys using drones equipped with thermal cameras. Through their research they will discover that algorithms used by astrophysicists to count stars will be a breakthrough for the conservation and preservation of the species. Director Luis Palomino in attendance.
Faith, Hope, Love 5 mins
Zino Chan, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand, wrote and performed the song “Faith, Hope, Love” based on the experiences of a sex trafficking victim. This is one woman’s hopeful story of how she escaped. Directed by Sylvia Yu Friedman.
See the World’s Largest Bat Colony 1 min
Bats aren’t confined to living in caves or haunted mansions. They also can thrive in urban environments. Enjoy this super short about the world’s largest urban bat colony in Austin, Texas. Director Kurt Sensenbrenner in attendance (winner of Freeland’s 2018 Audience Award).
City Swim 9 mins
A documentary that chronicles the first open river swim in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 75+ years. The film celebrates the renewed health of the Milwaukee River ecosystem, while telling the stories of those who participated in this historic swim. Directed by Joseph Brown (winner Freeland’s 2018 Best Local Filmmaker Jury Award).
The Mexican Galapagos (La Isla Galápagos Mexicanas) 13 mins
In the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, an incredible discovery has been made. There is an archipelago of lagoons that hosts the oldest organisms living on our planet. Due to the biological diversity that exists in these waters, scientists compare them with the Galapagos Islands. This place is currently under threat. Directed by Tania Claudia Castillo.
Living with Bees 1 min
Shot entirely on a cellphone, an indigenous Mayan woman follows the tradition of Melipona beekeeping in Mexico, helping to preserve this endangered species. Director Molly Ferrill in attendance.
Being with Elephants 12 mins
Throughout the Siana region of the Maasai Mara, local rangers must monitor and react to the shrinking elephant corridors in order to prevent future collisions of man and beast. Being with Elephants follows a group of local Maasai rangers who educate their community about the importance of elephants to the ecosystem as well as methods to coexist on the land that they all live upon. Directed by James Martin.
Freeland is a frontline organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Our team of law enforcement and development specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to build capacity, reduce demand, strengthen networks and promote good governance to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable people.
The Freeland Film Festival is a global storytelling platform featuring films about people, wild animals and ecosystems that are facing daunting challenges. These are stories of hope and inspiration. An annual weekend festival in Green Lake, WI that includes films, panels, live music, local food, and workshops presented.