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The film "On the Front Line" wins Best Documentary at International Film Festivals

November 14, 2018

Mozambique, Africa - The film "On the Frontline: The Rangers of Gorongosa National Park", an inspiring story, with a powerful message on how Rangers are protecting Mozambique's National Parks and Reserves, won the "Golden Sun” award at the (International Environment Film Festival - FIMA), which took place in Barcelona, Spain


Anna Mulà, a lawyer specializing in animal rights, and member of the jury of FICMA 2018, commented that "The rigor in the staging directs the viewer to the serious problem of poaching and its impact on the conservation of the species. The hardness of the images implies an understanding of the suffering and death of each animal. The focus of the filmmakers on the lives of people who are "on the front lines" to fight against this illegal traffic, makes the viewer get closer to their stories and share, with a generosity, a brilliant ending, with the destruction of the traps, that will make everything acquire meaning and value."


The film was also selected for screening at the International Film Festivals of Corrientes (Argentina), Brazil, Wiesbaden (Germany), Krakow (Poland) and Lisbon (Portugal).


On Tuesday, November 13, at 5.25 pm, the film will be shown in Maputo, at the Franco-Mozambican Cultural Center during the INSTIDOC (Maputo Film Festival).


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Brief synthesis of the film:

Protecting the beautiful conservation areas of Mozambique requires courage, ability and passion. In Gorongosa National Park, a group of men and women have endured gruelling training in order to realize their dream of becoming a Park Ranger. 


In this 80-minute feature-length documentary, we tell the inspiring story of Rangers who are chosen to proudly wear the uniform. 700 Candidates try to pass the intense mental and physical training required to become a Gorongosa Ranger. And for the first time in the history of the Park, women were able to enlist. But they will not receive any preferential treatment and will have to endure an arduous selection process for 60 days, just like the men, to be fit and prepared for the work ahead.



On the Front Line: The Rangers of Gorongosa National Park. A film by Carla Rebai and James Byrne

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