SILENT FORESTS

Meet passionate and tenacious conservationists as they fight to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa’s Congo Basin region. Institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding threaten to derail their attempts to save those that remain.

Directors

Mariah Wilson

Country

USA, Cameroon, Congo

Year

2019

Running Time

90 mins 

Website

https://silentforests.com/

SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - September 28, 2019

San Francisco Premiere.

Silent Forests is an intimate, character-driven portrait of conservationists and activists who are struggling to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa's Congo Basin region. After a study revealed that more than half the Central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort to save those that remain. The film explores this story through a range of dynamic subjects; including one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior, a reformed elephant poacher, and a team of anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist. As passionate and tenacious as these conservationists are, they are up against huge institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding that threaten to derail all their attempts to fight for the future of the forest elephant.

DISCUSSION WITH:  Director Mariah Wilson