Item - AFRICA UNBOTTLED

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AFRICA UNBOTTLED

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54 mins
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Director: Craig Foster and Bowen Boshier: South Africa, [1998].
In recent years there has been much debate about the wisdom of placing a total ban on the selling of ivory, with developing countries often finding themselves in opposing corners. In Southern Africa where the threat to the continued survival of the elephant is no longer an issue, there is now interest in finding a holistic approach to wildlife management, one that will take into account both the welfare of the animals and the people who share the environment. It has been found that if local inhabitants have a vested interest in protecting the wildlife and can profit from the influx of tourists, conservation strategies have a better chance of success. This film explores the idea by accompanying playwright Nicholas Ellenbogen on a journey to rural communities in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, who are already implementing various aspects of this approach. Ellenbogen was gathering material for a play (“Guardians of Eden”) to be presented at the World Summit on Conservation held in Montreal.

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