Monday, November 12th, 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 Environmental Film Festival (FICMA), which took place in Barcelona, Spain, November 2-9.
Anna Mulà, a lawyer specializing in animal rights, and a member of the jury of FICMA 2018, explained that “The film directs the viewer to the serious problem of the illegal hunting of wildlife and its impact on the conservation of species we love. The filmmakers focus on the lives of people who are ‘on the front line’ fighting against this illegal trafficking. Viewers follow the personal stories of rangers who destroy the snares and traps, which delivers meaning to the lives of rangers and hope to the film audience.” Previously the film had already won the award for Best Documentary at the International Film Festivals in Cape Verde and Kolkata (India).
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).
The Gorongosa Project
Gorongosa National Park (GNP) in Mozambique is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story. In 2008 a 20-year Public-Private Partnership was established for the joint management of GNP between the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation (Gorongosa Project), a US nonprofit organization. In 2016 the Government of Mozambique approved the extension for another 25 years of joint management. By adopting a 21st Century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, Gorongosa is protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness, returning it to its rightful place as one of Africa’s greatest national parks.